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Old July 29th, 2007, 11:30 PM   #21
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Revamp for George Street

DEVELOPER Merepark has agreed a £4m-plus deal to buy a prime retail site in Altrincham town centre.

The 20,000 sq ft shopping area at 74-84 George Street, comprises two retail units, and is currently home to JJB Sports and Superdrug.

It will be revamped to include a glass façade, four shops and seating on George Street.

Merepark director Ian Jones said: "Our plans will contribute to the much needed overhaul of Altrincham's retail core, strengthening the offer and enhancing shopper appeal."

Paul Wright, from property agent Savills, is handling the deal. He said: "As a market town that has suffered knocks from the success of the neighbouring Trafford Centre, it is encouraging to see continued investment in Altrincham.

"Merepark's plans for 74-84 George Street will play a key part in sustaining the town's long term viability and have the potential to help grow what have been lower than expected retail

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Old July 29th, 2007, 11:45 PM   #22
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20.04.07

Altrincham’s retail market is coming into line with its affluent surroundings.

Some of the most expensive houses in the north of England lie within Altrincham Town Centre’s catchment area. The leafy ‘Cheshire set’ villages of Hale, Hale Barns and Bowdon boast no fewer than 18 roads with average house prices above £1m in the last two years, according to the Land Registry.

The gilt-edged suburbs of this north Cheshire, south Manchester enclave should present a retailer’s paradise. Sadly, not enough of the affluent neighbours flex their hard-earned plastic in Altrincham.

At long last, one big retail scheme is under way and another is in the pipeline, suggesting Altrincham could be about to deliver on its rich promise.

A £40m redevelopment of the town’s main shopping mall, the Stamford Quarter, by Prestwich-based Park Lane Estates, is moving from first to second phase. The redevelopment will create 146,000 sq ft (13,563 sq m) of retail space and 203,000 sq ft (18,858 sq m) will be refurbished.

Fashion and homeware retailer Next opened a new, larger 14,000 sq ft (1,300 sq m) store earlier this year in phase one, almost doubling the size of its presence in the town. The other co-anchor, Debenhams’ retail concept, Desire by Debenhams, opened this month after a 10-year absence from Altrincham.

‘It’s a shame the town centre has been neglected for so long,’ says Rob Wingrave, director at Lunson Mitchenall, joint letting agent on the Stamford Quarter along with Tushingham Moore. ‘The area is extremely affluent and could be up there with the best shopping destinations in the country. But it will take time to build up a reputation again and get people back to that viewpoint.’

Still quarters

Park Lane bought the 1970s centre, anchored by House of Fraser, in late 2003 for £48m from Co-operative Insurance Services and Petros Developments.

Its three-phase project involves an extensive programme of demolition and reconstruction whereby stores will be relocated so trading can continue as usual during the redevelopment.

Preparation is under way for phase two demolition and construction, which will create 62,000 sq ft (5,760 sq m) of shopping space and a 740-space multistorey car park.

While Park Lane’s investment has been welcomed after years of little activity at the Stamford Quarter, most suburban chatter about Altrincham’s fortunes surrounds a scheme yet to begin in earnest.

Trafford Council held a competition a few years ago aimed at tackling a 5.5 acre (2.2 ha) problem site bounded by Oakfield Road, Moss Lane and the railway station.

The site, an unattractive mix of mechanics’ yards and surface car parking, has seen a number of false starts from Tesco and Barratt, among others.

The council’s competition brief included a mixture of more fitting uses and one very specific demand: a public ice rink to replace a popular facility demolished before the competition because of its dilapidated state.

A partnership between developers Nikal and David McLean, with designs by Manchester’s favourite architect Ian Simpson, emerged victorious.

The pair have spent the past two and a half years working up designs and gathering feedback in preparation for signing a development agreement with the council any day now.

A temporary ice rink opened on the site in February. It is Manchester Phoenix ice hockey team’s first home for two years since they left the Manchester Evening News Arena in the city centre and they will be based there for the next four years until their permanent stadium is built nearby as part of phase one.

Nikal and McLean want to create an upmarket £140m retail-led area around two new squares, centring on 200,000 sq ft (18,580 sq m) of fashion retail as well as 60,000 sq ft (5,574 sq m) of offices, 140 flats, 40,000 sq ft (3,716 sq m) of bars and restaurants, an extreme sports centre and a 100-bed hotel.

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Nikal development director Jonny Wrigley grew up in Altrincham and remembers its better days. He is leading the project, recently branded Altair named after the brightest star in the constellation of Aquila in the northern hemisphere.

‘The town has suffered from neglect, especially since 1998 when the Trafford Centre opened a few miles away and accelerated the decline,’ he says.

‘The Metrolink tram doesn’t help at the moment either. Instead of bringing people in, it gives them a quick and easy way out into Manchester city centre.’

The development agreement will be followed by public consultation ahead of a full planning application in the early summer.

Before an application is lodged, Altair needs the support of Network Rail, the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive and the local chamber of commerce and town centre partnership.

Landowners could yet pose a problem. Not all are on side and they may force a compulsory purchase order, and even a public inquiry.

Nikal and McLean’s adviser, Drivers Jonas, is negotiating with landowners. They include Petros, which owns the Bridge Inn pub, private office landlord ATS, National Tyres and Railtrack. Trafford Council would buy the land and lease it back to Nikal and McLean on a 250-year lease. Trafford already owns the large surface car park, currently the biggest car park in Altrincham.

The other potential sticking point is objection from local residents concerned about parking and traffic issues. Phase one of the scheme will feature a multistorey car park to appease objectors, along with the ice rink.

Observers in the retail market have their own doubts. Rival retail agents privately ponder who exactly is going to anchor a new scheme in a town already catered for by Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser and Next. John Lewis would not touch it as it has a large store at the Trafford Centre nearby.

‘We will work with fashion retailers of a similar type and sign them up at the same time to ensure anchoring through critical mass, rather than a single occupier,’ says Wrigley.

He adds that it is too early to sign people up in a rapidly changing clothing market, but says a stable made up of Hobbs, Jaeger and Fat Face or their ilk would do nicely. Cushman & Wakefield and Markham Vaughan Gillingham have been appointed as letting agents for the retail and leisure elements. Wrigley says zone A retail rents are now about £100 and he would hope to get up to £150.

Where values are concerned, other local naysayers ask how an extravagantly designed scheme by a virtual superstar of an architect can become a reality.

‘We have done a lot of work upfront to ensure this scheme is feasible and deliverable before we sign and that work is done,’ says Wrigley. ‘There have been people who said we won’t be able to deliver a scheme of that quality in Altrincham, but we know we can and will.’

Nikal is so confident Altrincham will be a success it has started acquiring other sites in the town. So far the firm has spent £3.5m on three sites and is targeting more opportunities. Manchester student housing developer Aneel Mussarat has bought the Cresta Court Hotel to capitalise on the expansion of Manchester airport. Bolton-based Orbit Developments is also dipping into the town, where some initial office refurbishments are under way.

The word Altair means ‘flying’ in Arabic, and the star of the same name is known for its rapid rotation in the night sky, perhaps portending a quick turnaround. No doubt the ladies who lunch will be keeping their manicured fingers crossed.
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Old August 20th, 2007, 06:18 PM   #23
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Buildings to make way for new shopping centre

TRAFFORD Council planning committee has granted the demolition of buildings on George Street and the car park on High Street to make way for phase two of the Stamford Centre redevelopment.

The old units and multi-storey car park will make way for the building of two-storey retail premises and a link bridge over George Street to phase one of the project, which is currently nearing completion.

A temporary vehicle ramp will be put up for access to existing roof top parking.

The floor space in the new development would be just under 9,000 sq metres with 194 sq metres of office space in the management suite above.

The new car park will provide 383 spaces including 20 for the disabled and bays for mother and baby parking and motorbikes.

Further improvements to George Street will include pedestrian access from the car park through to the shops and the resurfacing of the walkways between phases one and two.

The scheme will incorporate new security measures and CCTV, which will be monitored from the management suite.
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Old June 6th, 2008, 08:55 PM   #24
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Park Lane upbeat despite lack of deals at Stamford Quarter

5 June 2008, 16:26

Prestwich-based developer Park Lane Estates has announced its first and so far only tenant for the latest phase of its £40m retail redevelopment in Altrincham, set to open in September.

The Carphone Warehouse has taken a 2,500 sq ft unit, one of ten units in the phase, which will total 75,000 sq ft.

A spokesman for Park Lane said the "vast majority" of units would be let by the autumn in time for Christmas trading.

Jonathan Green of Victor Estates, consultant for Park Lane Estates, added: "We are in talks with a number of national high street retailers that will involve relocation as well as new units within phase 2. We will have further announcements to make in due course."

Work on phase two includes a remodelling of the centre's car park. Phase one was anchored by Debenhams, returning to the town after ten years, and Next.

In total, the redevelopment will create 146,000 sq ft of retail space and 203,000 sq ft will be refurbished.

A third phase will include residential and leisure uses.

Tushingham Moore advises Park Lane. Carphone Warehouse was represented by Bryant Champion Long.
http://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news...d-quarter.html
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Old June 7th, 2008, 03:55 PM   #25
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Any pics of lately?

How is Altrincham comparing to the likes of Bury and Ashton now for the quality of town centre and retail?
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Old June 8th, 2008, 09:11 PM   #26
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Don't know Bury, but compares quite well to Ashton. Trafford Centre blight still overshadows Alty town centre though.
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Old June 8th, 2008, 10:40 PM   #27
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it's far from finished... only one side of the street is complete and in there the units are let... River Island, Waterstones some others I can't remember the names off the top of my head. It's never going to compete with a mall like the TC to be fair, but the new Apollo Cinema complex including food and bev units means I now don't go to TC for the movies. Altrincham is a pretty progressive town to be honest, with a high concentration of very high quality restaurants in Hale it's hard to find a reason not to hang round here if you live in the area... unless you want to avoid fat property developers, footballers wives and divorced gold-digger handbags - hang on, that IS a good reason not to hang out down here!
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Old June 20th, 2008, 04:37 PM   #28
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Old June 20th, 2008, 04:44 PM   #29
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Are they rebuilding the end bit where WH Smiths is?
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Old June 20th, 2008, 04:55 PM   #30
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No they are rebuilding from next to M&S to where Next and Waterstones used to be. The area around WHSmith and Boots will be part of Phase 3 I think.

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Construction of Phase 2 is now progressing including the demolition and reconstruction of the existing multi-storey car park and retail units opposite phase 1. The new phase 2 development will include new retail units fronting George St with a multi-storey car park above.

Phase 3 of the development is in the early stages of development, however, it is likely to involve the partial reconstruction and refurbishment of the current Rackhams and Littlewoods tenancy including:

* Over cladding the existing Rackhams façade
* Refurbishment of George Street West
* Partial demolition and rebuilding of the current Boots unit
* Stamford Square will be modified to allow construction of a new disabled lift and escalators
* New feature canopies will be constructed in Stamford Square
* Stamford New Road Façade
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...I don't think so.... the development plan that I've seen only includes this part of the street...

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Old June 20th, 2008, 05:05 PM   #32
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Yes that is the area that I mean for Phase 2
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Yes, WHSmith and that entire corner (including Rackhams and Boots) will be re-built for Phase 3.

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Old June 20th, 2008, 09:26 PM   #34
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Boots are apparently going to be opening in the new phase when it opens in September so that work can start on their existing building for Phase 3, much like what Next, Orange and Waterstones did for Phase 2 to be built.

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Old July 26th, 2008, 11:43 PM   #35
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Regarding the Merepark development it has been let to Superdrug and JJB

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JJB SET FOR RETURN TO TOWN CENTRE

North-west based developer, Merepark, have added JJB Sports to their increasing list of retail, leisure and hotel tenants and are ensuring that the redevelopment of Altrincham Town Centre continues to gather pace.

JJB Sports have agreed a pre-let over 10,000 sq ft of the 20,000 sq ft unit. Merepark have already let 5,000 sq ft to Superdrug and have had considerable interest for the remaining 4,500 sq ft. Savills are advising Merepark

Merepark Associate Director Neal Hunter comments “This is a prime retail site that stands to refresh the retail centres appeal and our plans will contribute to the much needed overhaul of Altrincham’s town centre. With planning already secured, we will be moving forward with the redevelopment immediately.”
JJB will be on the first floor and the remaing unit is also now in for a planning application to have A2 planning use aswell as the current planning use of A1.

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Boots are apparently going to be opening in the new phase when it opens in September so that work can start on their existing building for Phase 3, much like what Next, Orange and Waterstones did for Phase 2 to be built.
Boots will be opening in phase 2 of Stamford Quarter, they will be opening in MSU01, a planning application for the new store signange is online now.

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Boots moves to new location in Altrincham

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Manchester-based retail property consultancy Cheetham & Mortimer has relocated one of its clients, Boots Plc, to a new site in Altrincham, Trafford.

The retailer has moved to George Street in the town, moving out of its store in Altrincham’s Stamford Quarter. Boots has taken a 10-year lease at the George Street premises, where it will occupy a 21,000 sq ft new build unit.
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Boots modernises with new Altrincham premises

Boots has relocated a store to George Street in Altrincham, Cheshire.

Previously occupiers of a store in The Stamford Quarter, Boots Plc has taken a ten-year lease of a unit at George Street at the opposite end of the Stamford Quarter, where it will occupy a 21,000 sq ft new build bespoke premises.

Justin Mortimer, partner, Cheetham & Mortimer, said: “As part of Boots' ongoing requirements for modern, high specification units in town centres, we have found a prime location for a new store, where the retailer can continue to service the demand in Altrincham.”
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Not Stamford Quarter but still in Altrincham town centre. The planning application to turn Grafton Tower into a hotel has now gone in.

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Grafton Tower, Stamford New Road, Altrincham

Change of use of existing offices to create a 91 bedroom hotel. Erection of single storey extension on second floor car deck to form hotel reception, kitchen and bar area. Refurbishment of existing building including to existing bar at junction of Stamford New Road and Regent Road.
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Work commenced on site of Superdrug and new JJB store

Following the acquisition of 74-84 George St in 2007 by North-west developer Merepark, work has now started on the overall redevelopment to include the works for Superdrug, creation of a new unit to let and the fit out of the new JJB store in the heart of Altrincham town centre.

JJB have agreed to lease 10,000 of the 20,000 sq ft unit and the works will take approximately 15 weeks to complete. The new store will include a new fully glazed shop front and contemporary sky lobby and will add to the continuing redevelopment of Altrincham Town Centre. Works will be complete by November 2008.

Agents working on the scheme, Savills, have advised that there has been considerable interest for the remaining 5,000 sq ft
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Boots to anchor Stamford Quarter

Boots is taking new, improved space at Altrincham's Stamford Quarter.

The health and beauty giant is relocating to anchor the centre's Phase Two development.

The new store, which covers more than 21,000 sq ft spread over two floors, is due to open in the autumn and will stock health and beauty essentials, toiletries, premium beauty, fragrance, baby, toys, electrical, photo centre, Opticians and a pharmacy. The store will also include the Boots' food to go range.

The retailer was previously located at Stamford Square on George Street, and has moved as part of the Stamford Quarter's £40million redevelopment by property company, Park Lane Estates. The second phase, due to open in autumn, will see a complete remodel of the centre car park and the addition of eight to 10 retail units totalling an area of approximately 75,000 sq ft. Once Phase Two is complete the centre will provide better car park facilities for the entire town. Providing an increased capacity of spaces, full cctv monitoring, increased disabled parking, extra security and improved access to the facilities and shops. Boots spokesman, Paul Grafton says: "This move will enable Boots to deliver customers an enhanced shopping environment with a wider range of products and improved healthcare services. We are pleased that the move will result in a superior store layout and setting, affording greater accessibility for all and complimenting the significant investment being made by our Landlords."
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