House of Fraser Altrincham Site to be developed in office scheme

Trafford Council and Bruntwood Works have received planning permission
// The former House of Fraser site in Altrincham is to be redeveloped into an office-led mixed-use project
// Plans also include a 3,660 square foot living wall in the central atrium and an exterior green wall

The House of Fraser unit in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, has been given the green light to be redeveloped into an office-led mixed-use project.

Trafford Council and Bruntwood Works have received planning permission to convert the building into 50,000 square feet of commercial workspace and 25,000 square feet of retail and leisure space on the ground floor and below -ground.

Approved plans also include a 3660 sq ft living wall in the central atrium and an outer green wall.

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A new two-storey extension will also be created. This will include new terraces on the first floor and a new solar panel system on the roof.

A gym and wellness area, as well as bike storage and showers, have also been added to the plans.

“Council has been at the forefront of town center regeneration in recent years, including our work on the success of the Market Quarter, Public Domain Works and the Altrincham Business Improvement District. “said Trafford council leader Andrew Western.

“The Rackhams building is close to the hearts of the people of Altrincham and, after close consultation with residents, we will redevelop it to meet the needs of a modern town center with a mix of work, retail and Hobbies.

“This project will help Altrincham become an even more thriving town center and I for one will be delighted to see it take shape.”

Andrea George, Director of Town Center and Consumer Brands at Bruntwood Works, said: “Altrincham is already a town center success story, going against the history of decline that has defined so many of its peers at across the country.

“The lasting impact of the pandemic on where people want to spend more time working, shopping and playing locally means there is an opportunity to deepen and strengthen its offering.

“That’s what the Foundation will do. It will give Altrincham all the ingredients the shopping streets of tomorrow need.

“Blending high-end workspaces, retail and leisure, we’re providing much-needed new amenity that complements existing operators in the Stamford district and the wider city centre.”

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Amanda J. Marsh