New designs revealed for key Trafford site

Investar Property Group has revealed plans for a residential scheme within Trafford’s newly-extended Civic Quarter masterplan area.

Designed by Tim Groom Architects the development will provide a total of 149 apartments split across two complementary brick buildings with landscaped gardens between and underground parking for 17 vehicles, together with bike storage.

It would also see the retention and refurbishment of a detached Victorian villa on the site which has previously been used as offices.

Investar purchased the 40,000 sq ft site on Talbot Road close to White City last year.

Michael Dong, Investar chief executive, said: “My belief is the best development comes from a fluid process of assessment and evaluation, understanding the needs of the community and the role of residential in creating the best places where people feel comfortable, happy and at home.

“We believe this fits with Trafford Council’s ambition to bring together sport and education with high-quality housing within this hugely exciting new Civic Quarter.

“Additionally, by retaining the Victorian villa, we can maintain character and it will also provide a comfortable and safe site office for staff and contractors during the course of the build before being refurbished.”

The site is close to White City Retail Park and Trafford Bar Metrolink stop giving easy access to Manchester city centre, Salford Quays and Manchester Airport by public transport.

Following consultation last month, a full detailed planning application has now been submitted.

Tim Groom, of Tim Groom Architects, said: “We’ve worked very closely with Trafford Council to design something that fits with the new aspiration of the borough.

“Trafford is distinctly different to Manchester city centre and the architecture should reflect the more suburban context.

“The design process has been challenging but we have had positive collaborative dialogue with the planning department that has resulted in a development all parties can look forward to delivering.”

If planning is approved the intention would be to appoint a contractor by the end of this year with a start on site at the beginning of 2021 and completion in late 2022.

Investar development director, James Alderson, said: “Our simple ambition is to create really great places to live and work in a variety of locations across Greater Manchester.

“We work closely with local authorities and partners to help them deliver wider schemes by unlocking sites with high-quality design and place making.”

Other members of the Investar team include: Scott Hughes Design; Zerum MEP; Rider Levett Bucknall; Avison Young (Town Planning); BB7 Fire; Curtins (Transport Planning); Randall Thorp (Landscape); Gray Scanlan Hill; Donald Insall Associates; Wardell Armstrong; BWB Consulting; Bowland Ecology; Urban Microclimate; Cushman & Wakefield; JMW Solicitors.

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