Urmston shopping centre site cleared

Michael Hunt

The final reminders of the old shopping centre at Eden Square have been demolished making way for the start of the second phase of redevelopment.

The scheme to redevelop Urmston shopping centre is being led by Ask Developments and Trafford council, which said the old Boots building and the cabins have now been cleared since demolition began at the start of June.

The building and cabins have been on the land whilst the first phase of construction to develop the site was completed. A new 50,000 sq ft Sainsbury's food store was delivered as part of the first phase of development.

The council said discussions on the development of phase two in Urmston are "progressing well" and following positive on-going negotiations with retailers, Ask Developments will be submitting a revised planning application for phase two in the coming weeks.

Mike Cornes, executive councillor, said: "Improvements in the last few weeks are just part of our commitment to bring forward the all important phase two of this town centre. Clearing the land ready for progress is a small step to achieving our ambition to provide a quality shopping experience for the people of Urmston."

Leon Guyett, senior development executive at Ask, added: "We are delighted that the final demolition of the old shopping centre is now complete, preparing the site for the development of phase two of Eden Square. We also look forward to pursuing the opportunities it will create for future development, with phase one retailers having established Eden Square as an important hub for the local community."

Other shops to have opened in the first phase at Eden Square include Boots, Costa Coffee, Hallmark & Thorntons and hair salon HD Studio.

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