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Stamford rebuild is taking shape

John Turner


THE £40m redevelopment of Altrincham's Stamford Quarter shopping precinct has reached a milestone.

Steel works are now underway at the 30 year old retail scheme which is being rebuilt by landlords Park Lane Estates.

Over the coming weeks, more than 300 tonnes of steel will be used on phase one of the redevelopment to create a framework around which the glass, steel, pre-patinated copper and limestone panels that will make up the new centre will be constructed.

The redevelopment of the Stamford Quarter will create 146,000 sq.ft of new retail space and 203,000 sq.ft refurbished space, providing 349,000 sq.ft in total.

Work on the Stamford Quarter redevelopment began in November last year with the demolition of nine units from the former Oasis unit to the Our Price unit with this space now being reconfigured into three larger format and two smaller shop units.

A delighted David Wightman, centre manager at the Stamford Quarter commented: "After all the planning and preparation, it's great to see the first phase of our redevelopment start to take shape like this."

It will be fully open for trading by September 2009

if any one could get photos of construction that would be great
 

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Nice, i ll be heading down there early June to see family, so if no ones got round to it by then, i ll get some pics in. Saw the area a few weeks back, looks like its gonna be a big change.
 

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if any one could get photos of construction that would be great
I'll nip down there tomorrow and post em up before the end of the week matey.
 

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I should be the one getting photos. I live not 20 minutes away, so lazy, de dums!

I just dont want the pretty ladies laughing at me with my digital camera :eek:hno:

Still they probably laugh at me anyway :lol:
 

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Manc Guy said:
I just dont want the pretty ladies laughing at me with my digital camera :eek:hno:
Ladies Love a nice camera! Proper fanny magnet they can be - trust me!
Have you never seen Blow Up?
 

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Ahh, Jane Birkin...



You know what they say about big lenses...
Actually, if you're mincing around with an SLR then yes the ladies can become very coy and fluttery.
Go for it mancguy (why's that lass on your avatar sitting upon Oribital?).
 

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As promised. A bit late, but better late than.... ya da yadayadayada....

 

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A welcome return



An artist's impression of George Street in Altrincham
THE Stamford Quarter is bringing Debenhams' new retail concept Desire by Debenhams' to Altrincham as part of the shopping centre's £40million redevelopment programme - 10 years after the store left the area.

Debenhams will join fashion and homewares retailer Next as one of the co-anchors of the first phase of the Stamford Quarter's redevelopment. More than two thirds of the initial phase of the scheme is already pre-let.

The move marks a return to the town for Debenhams after a ten year absence. It currently has 116 stores in the UK and Ireland, and has successfully brought designer fashions and homewares to the high street through its Designers at Debenhams ranges; exclusive collections such as J by Jasper Conran, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson, Star by Julien Macdonald, Rocha.John Rocha and St George by Duffer.

The retailer is to take a 20,000 sq ft store and is due to open for trading in time for Easter 2007.

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Meanwhile Next has signed up for a new, larger format 14,000 sq ft store within the Stamford Quarter. With two trading levels, the new store will be almost double the size of Next's existing single storey unit within the centre and allow it to carry a more extensive range of homewares and ladies, men's and children's fashions.

David Wightman, Stamford Quarter's centre manager, said: "This is a great coup for the centre. Debenhams is one of the best names in retail and the fact that they're committing to opening a brand new format store here speaks volumes for their perception of the plans we have for the centre and the retail potential of the town going forward. Securing two stars of the current retail scene should also be a great catalyst in attracting interest from other high profile retailers.

'Debenhams is one of the best names in retail and the fact that they’re committing to opening a brand new format store here speaks volumes for their perception of the plans we have for the centre'
David Wightman

"With Desire by Debenhams and Next coming to the centre, a brand new New Look store, as well as existing retailers such as Rackhams, Boots, Monsoon, River Island and Waterstone's, we really are putting the retail heart back into Altrincham."

Key facts about the Stamford Quarter redevelopment: o The redevelopment of the Stamford Quarter will create 146,000 sq.ft of new retail space and 203,000 sq.ft refurbished space, providing 349,000 sq.ft in total.

o The entire centre will be given a fresher more contemporary look through new double height store frontages and the use of glass, steel, pre-patinated copper and limestone throughout the scheme.

o The centre's existing multi-storey car park will be demolished and a new car park constructed, providing approximately 740 car parking spaces, all designed to meet the latest standards offering a safe, welcoming, accessible environment.

o A new covered arcade will be created, linking Stamford New Road and the Transport Interchange with the redeveloped Stamford Square. This double height covered arcade will improve access to the centre via escalators, stairs and a passenger lift.

o A series of new public spaces will be created within the scheme, with Stamford Square forming the focal point and providing a sheltered area for people to meet, relax and enjoy.



 

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I'm thinking of buying a flat near the centre of Altrincham, always thought it was a nice place for a balance between having plenty on your doorstep but not too far from the city. It seems to be a fairly safe, affluent town too - or is my impression misguided here? Any locals feel free to offer advice on living in Alty. These new developments look nice but I wonder if the ice rink will become a magnet for teenagers on a friday/saturday night who are too young to get into pubs so hang around the ice rink with a bottle of cider like the old Alty Ice rink used to be.
 

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with regards to the new alty ice rink! There could possibly be problems... i've lived in alty for 8 years now and bought my house a stones throw away from the old alty ice rink years back.. since that moved:) my area is a lot nicer!

I do feel a little sorry for the people that have purchsed houses on that new development as i know the trouble that these things bring! :scouserd: I wish i could say it will improve the town but i doubt it will! especially as it will be right next to the tram stop!

I hate to sound like a snob but ask anyone in altrincham about the problem of the town (declining for a few years now, can be rough at night etc!) and people will always answer "The people of altricham are mainly sound, its all the knob heads that arrive from out of town"... This i think, is based upon a news article in the MEN (5 years ago) when they questioned revellers of their orgin due to a spate of violent attacks on the high street! Most were from surrounding areas and come into altrincham for a "posh" night out haha...

Obviously, you can't stop people going where they want or put up a big fence but i thought i'd just warn you! Especially now there's a nice new cinema and KFC. "Chav heaven"
 

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Thanks for the warning, I'm from Sale and always used to think Alty was a bit nicer than Sale although I'm not sure if this is true any longer (although Sale has it's bad areas and the odd beggar even these days. It might sound stuck up but I'd really like to live in a clean place where I can feel safe walking around at night but it seems there's no area of Manchester where this is possible any longer.
 

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As far as I'm concerned, Altrincham is still an upmarket version of Sale. You do get an element of out-of-town tossers (particularly from Wythenshawe, not that I'm implying that everyone from Wythenshawe is a tosser), but then that's been the case for the last twenty years at the very least. I've never had any trouble walking round at night in Altrincham but then I don't go looking for it either. I was never burgled where I used to live, kind of on the Altrincham/Hale borders, and the house I was living in was probably easier to break into than a shoe box.

Timperley, where my mum still lives, is as safe an area as you could hope for in any metropolitan area. The downside is that it's a little bit ... well, sleepy. However, there's a tram station from which Altrincham is five minutes' journey and the centre of Manchester is only twenty.

However, I think, united4ever, you might need to make your expectations a little bit more realistic. If you really want to live somewhere in which you can leave your front door open and you never see litter on the streets, you'll need to move to the middle of nowhere. Swings and roundabouts, don't yer know.
 

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Town's curtain raiser

TWO major leisure facilities are to open in Altrincham next month, as the multi-million pound regeneration of the town centre gathers pace.

The big screen will return to the town for the first time for a quarter of a century, with a cinema complex due to welcome its first customers on November 17.

As well as a six screen Apollo Cinema, at the junction of Denmark Street and Lloyd Street, the scheme includes apartments and restaurants.

And two weeks later a temporary ice rink - Altrincham Ice Dome - will open its doors. The 2,500-seater rink will provide a new home for the Manchester Phoenix ice hockey team from November 30.

The temporary ice rink facility, near the Moss Lane/Oakfield Road junction will include an Olympic-size ice pad, caf, and shop. It will provide a full range of community skating, a junior development programme for ice hockey and educational programmes for all ages.

The details were unveiled at Altrincham's first neighbourhood forum meeting, where a 40-strong audience heard about developments that will see more than £158 million invested in the town.

Developer Nick Payne, MD of Nikal, outlined one of these schemes, his vision for the 4.5 acre Station Location site, between Oakfield Road, Moss Lane Bridge and the railway line. Comprising an extreme sports centre - including a permanent ice rink - apartments, offices, speciality lifestyle shops and an 85-bed hotel, the development is being designed by internationally renowned architect Ian Simpson. It will also house a 1000-space underground car park.

Nick said: "We want to create an environment that will attract more families out on Friday and Saturday evenings. These developments should be the catalyst for further investment in Altrincham."

Linked with the development, the council is planning £1.5m investment in the street scene and consultations on the first phase are due later this year.

Denise Laver, of Hale Civic Society, welcomed the developments: "It's the most exciting news that Altrincham has had for some years."
 

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Desirable boost for town centre

MOVES to breathe new life into Altrincham will receive a major boost next week with the opening of a leading women's fashion store.

Desire by Debenhams opens in the Stamford Quarter on May 30 for VIP and account card holders, and to the public on May 31.

The store will be headed up by Donna Charnock, who joined the company 15 years ago on a youth training scheme.

Donna, who has worked in six Debenhams stores in the region, said: "I am very excited about the opening of the desire by Debenhams store in Altrincham, it is a superb new store dedicated to the very best in stunning women's fashion, stylish accessories, gorgeous lingerie, luxury cosmetics and a fantastic range of children's wear.

"Every member of staff at desire by Debenhams has been trained as a specialist in fashion and style so that they can offer expert advice and exceptional service. We like to think of it as having your own personal shopping adviser whenever you want them."

The store will house all the latest collections from the Designers at Debenhams range including Betty Jackson Black, Rocha, Star by Julien Macdonald, John by John Richmond and Jasper J Conran.

Cosmetics houses include Clinique, Clarins, Benefit, Lancome and Estee Lauder.
Desirable boost for town centre

MOVES to breathe new life into Altrincham will receive a major boost next week with the opening of a leading women's fashion store.

Desire by Debenhams opens in the Stamford Quarter on May 30 for VIP and account card holders, and to the public on May 31.

The store will be headed up by Donna Charnock, who joined the company 15 years ago on a youth training scheme.

Donna, who has worked in six Debenhams stores in the region, said: "I am very excited about the opening of the desire by Debenhams store in Altrincham, it is a superb new store dedicated to the very best in stunning women's fashion, stylish accessories, gorgeous lingerie, luxury cosmetics and a fantastic range of children's wear.

"Every member of staff at desire by Debenhams has been trained as a specialist in fashion and style so that they can offer expert advice and exceptional service. We like to think of it as having your own personal shopping adviser whenever you want them."

The store will house all the latest collections from the Designers at Debenhams range including Betty Jackson Black, Rocha, Star by Julien Macdonald, John by John Richmond and Jasper J Conran.

Cosmetics houses include Clinique, Clarins, Benefit, Lancome and Estee Lauder.
Introducing the Brand New Desire Debenhams

Desire by Debenhams is coming to Altrincham. This new concept store provides an exciting shopping experience, offering friendly and personal service in an exclusive boutique environment, with a great range of womenswear and childrenswear.

Indulge yourself in the latest fashions for women and children from our Designers at Debenhams including: Rocha.John Rocha, John by John Richmond, and J by Jasper Conran.

Treat yourself to something special from our fantastic cosmetics department including Dior, Clinique and Clarins.

Look out for your exciting new store, coming soon to Altrincham town centre. We look forward to welcoming you in store.
http://www.debenhams.com/
 
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