Stamford Quarter partners gear up for summer

Plans by Bruntwood and Trafford Council for a 4,600 sq ft events space in the heart of Altrincham town centre are set for approval.

Trafford’s planning and development committee meets on Thursday 13 May, with a recommendation to greenlight the proposal for Stamford Square, within the wider Stamford Quarter retail pitch.

Consent is being sought for a temporary change of use for a maximum of one year, with a “proposed focus on sustainability and local community” with suggested events including sustainability workshops, wellness sessions, sports screenings and live music.

In a scheme designed by Planit-IE, the JV proposes the removal of existing planters, to be replaced by removable wooden planters that double as seats.

Further elements include the erection of a timber pergola, and the introduction of artificial turf and igloos, solar festoon lighting, furniture and giant games.

Suggested opening hours are from 8am to 6pm or 7pm, with reduced Sunday hours. Avison Young is advising on planning.

The documentation filed with the application includes a brochure outlining the plans for what is billed as Not So Secret Garden.

This includes a suggested programme of events to run through the summer months, as councils and partners try to bring footfall back into town centres following a string of Covid lockdowns.

Items included here are family-friendly events ,“art jams”, weekly music, fitness, green workshops and takeovers for sporting events such as Wimbledon.

Bruntwood is Trafford’s partner on the Stamford Quarter, but also on Stretford Mall and the redevelopment of the former Kellogg’s HQ at Old Trafford.

In March, designs were shared revealing plans to reduce the overall volume of retail space at Stamford Quarter, with plans for 75,000 sq ft of workspace in former anchor stores.

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Any move that enables people to connect safely has to be good.However is the artificial grass sustainable with a lot of footfall? If real grass isn’t an option consider paving which can be recycled at end of use rather than contribute to landfill

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