Stretford sorting office to be demolished

Trafford Council has won approval to knock down the former Royal Mail building on Lacy Street to bring forward part of the Stretford Masterplan, which it is delivering with developer Bruntwood. 

The 6,400 sq ft sorting office, which backs onto the Bridgewater Canal off Edge Street, closed in 2018 before Trafford Council bought the site last November. 

At that time, a council spokesperson said: The purchase of the former Royal Mail delivery office on Lacy Street is a very important factor in terms of the regeneration of Stretford town centre. 

“Lacy Street is central to the council’s vision for an improved and revitalised Stretford.” 

While there are no definitive plans in place for the site, the latest draft of the Stretford Masterplan said it would provide a “mixed development including affordable housing and student accommodation with retail and café and restaurant uses at ground floor level”. 

A source close to the project said the idea was to use the site to reactivate the waterfront, something that had proved popular with residents during the earlier public consultation. 

Infrastructure contractor Amey has been appointed to carry out the demolition of the sorting office, which will begin at the end of August and last for six weeks. 

A spokesperson for Trafford Council, said: “Trafford Council purchased the sorting office following its closure in 2018 as part of the ongoing masterplan for Stretford town centre. There are currently no fixed proposals for what future development will take place on the site which will be subject to further public engagement once current restrictions allow.”

The Stretford Masterplan includes the UA92 campus development, a sports, media and business-focused university on the Kellogg’s site on Talbot Road and Brian Statham Way.

The redevelopment of Stretford Mall, which the council bought last September, also forms part of the plans.

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