The start of construction of Altrincham’s exciting new £70m residential and lifestyle quarter has taken a step closer with the demolition of the former ATS Euromaster building.
Nikal’s contractors, Eric Wright Construction, moved onto the 4.5 acre site earlier this year to commence demolition and enabling works. The removal of the ATS building clears the way for Phase One Altair; an iconic building containing 59 high quality apartments and ground floor retail space.
Joining them to celebrate the start on site was leader of Trafford Council, Cllr Sean Anstee, and deputy leader, Cllr Alex Williams. They were greeted by Nick Payne, Managing Director of Nikal Group, Jeremy Hartley, Managing Director of Eric Wright Group, and his Head of Pre-Construction, Peter Barr.
This is the first of three phases planned by Nikal. A reserved matters application for Phase 2 has been submitted providing further detail on the outline planning permission granted in 2014. It reveals Nikal’s plans for the construction of four strikingly original contemporary style buildings offering 91 high quality one, two and three bedroom apartments, leisure retail space and Grade A offices plus Phase 1 public parking for 200 cars. The buildings will be set within a stunning new public realm - one of the largest new public spaces to be created in Altrincham - offering residents, shoppers and workers an area to relax and socialise.
Councillor Sean Anstee, Leader of Trafford Council, said: “I am excited to see the plans for phase two of the Altair scheme come together. This additional Quarter will add a whole new dynamic to the town for all the family to enjoy and where businesses are successful. The commitment to progress the plans for phase two is a boost for the thriving town which Altrincham is vastly becoming and, as one of the most desirable places in the North West to live, socialise and do business, Altrincham will be ready to meet the demand for the office, residential, recreation and retail space it requires.
“The Council’s vision was to make Altrincham flourish and through this scheme, along with the improvements being made to the public realm to improve the flow of the town, with the new restaurants and shops opening up and with the success of the market; it’s a really exciting time for Altrincham,” he added.
The reserved matters application for the third and final phase of Altair will be submitted later this year and will include plans for a new leisure centre with associated parking.
Said Nikal Managing Director, Nick Payne, “Its hugely satisfying to see the site cleared ready for construction. We’re looking forward to seeing Altair start to take shape and our proposals for Phase 2, and Phase 3 later this year, reveal a stunning new Quarter that heralds Altrincham’s rejuvenation and complements the heritage of the town.
“As well as being a great place to work, dine out and meet friends, Altair will provide a stylish living experience to rival the best locations in the north west. We’ve placed an emphasis on quality design and luxury specification whilst also offering a good range of apartments at a price point below £200,000. We ideally want local people to be the first to buy and will be formally releasing apartments for sale in early June, with those who’ve registered via the Altair website getting first option,” he added.
The first phase of Altair will be delivered by Lancashire based construction experts, Eric Wright Group. Jeremy Hartley, Managing Director commented: “It’s great to see the long-term vision for Altair taking another step forward. Creating high quality residential, employment, business and retail opportunities will have a transformative effect not just for the local community but the region as a whole.
“Nikal chose us to build the project because of our attention to detail and our reputation for delivering high quality craftsmanship,” he said.
Altair has been created by Nikal in close working partnership with Trafford Council. The development has been designed by acclaimed Manchester architects, Stephenson Studio. The apartments will be delivered by Nikal’s award-winning luxury homebuilding arm, Hillcrest Homes.
Photo Caption: (L-R) Nick Payne, Nikal managing director, Peter Barr, head of pre construction Eric Wright Group, Cllr Anstee, Jeremy Hartley, managing director Eric Wright Group and Cllr Alex Williams.