Property round-up: Hyde Library; Q17; Kings Court; New Care; Croft Trade Park; Spinning Mill; Wildes Hotel Group
Knight Frank has been appointed to market a prime development site in Hyde town centre that includes the former Hyde Library and Tameside College of Technology.
The 1.78 acres (0.72 hectares) plot is in a central location and may be suitable for residential, education, health or specialist retirement living as well as a variety of other uses, subject to planning.
The Hyde Triangle of Hyde Town Centre, Godley Green and Hattersley has been identified as an area for growth in the Tameside Inclusive Growth Strategy and is one of the Greater Manchester Growth Locations. This will see more demand for retail, leisure and services which support the regeneration of Hyde town centre.
Knight Frank office agency partner, Mark Bamber, said: “The site offers huge potential for a variety of uses in a town centre where an approved masterplan is in place to encourage investment and growth.
“The library building, although not listed, is one of the last surviving grand Victorian civic buildings within the town and would be considered as a non-designated heritage asset. In principle, the planning authority has advised that it would support the re-purpose of the building in conjunction with the redevelopment of the adjacent Union Street car park and the site of the former Tameside Technical College and surrounding land.”
Library services were transferred to Hyde Town Hall in 2015 to reduce costs and protect the service.
Mark added: “The site is freehold and being offered for sale by informal tender with a deadline of August 18, 2022. We expect there to be significant interest in this opportunity.”
Quorum, represented jointly by Savills and Williams Sillitoe, has brought to market Q17, a speculative industrial development in Heaton Chapel, Stockport, which is available to lease.
Currently under construction, the unit will comprise a total of 17,080 sq ft of high quality warehousing space with fully fitted offices, and is due for completion in January 2023. The contractor for the site is ACS Construction.
Situated on Crossley Road in Heaton Chapel, the site is located in close proximity to Stockport town centre with easy access to the wider motorway network.
Alex Palfreyman, industrial and logistics director at Savills Manchester, said: “Supply of industrial space in the North West, particularly of Grade A standard, continues to be critically low. With high quality space in an established industrial location, we’re expecting to see good levels of interest from occupiers with mid box requirements.”
Two new occupiers have taken offices at Kings Court, a secluded courtyard development off Railway Street, Altrincham.
Architects, View Associates, has taken a one-year lease on Suite A, comprising 750 sq ft at a rental of £1,000 per month on an all-inclusive basis.
Founded in 2013, View Associates has grown into a studio delivering large city centre commercial projects, as well as working with leading housebuilders, private residential clients and business owners.
Ian Jones, founder, said: “We have steadily grown the practice and outgrew our former office. We needed to increase our occupational requirement to accommodate the expanded team and future growth.”
The firm is currently working on several projects in the town centre, including the former St John’s Medical Centre and 16 Old Market Place.
Vitkovice Machinery UK (VMUK) has taken Suite D providing 400 sq ft on a one-year lease at an all-inclusive rent of £900 per month.
VMUK specialises in supplying its clients with seamless steel gas cylinders which are used in a variety of sectors including the industrial, beverage, food industry, health care and scuba diving as well as for hydrogen, the much vaunted clean fuel of the future.
Pavel Slowik, general manager, Vitkovice Machinery UK, said: “We needed larger offices to accommodate our expansion in the UK/North West and Altrincham provides the ideal base with its excellent transport links across the UK along with the office’s location, just a stone’s throw from the trendy market, eateries, leisure and retail offerings for our team and a great spot for our clients to visit.”
Daniel Lee, director, Regional Property Solutions, who acted for the landlord, Wizard Trading (Europe), in the lettings, said: “Kings Court is built around an attractive and secluded courtyard and is an established and popular leisure and office destination, both of these vacant suites are moderately priced and let very quickly.”
Work is continuing at pace at New Care’s £15m Wilmslow Manor Care Centre, located on Handforth Road, with practical completion confirmed for mid-September.
Build is well underway at the 63-bed care facility with external brickwork and roof tiling now complete, meaning the building is now watertight. The team of contractors and tradesmen on site are working on the interior to ensure the development remains on schedule and edges closer to completion.
When complete, Wilmslow Manor will offer residential, dementia and 24 hour nursing care in a safe and comfortable environment.
Part of New Care, Wilmslow Manor will also boost the local economy, creating approximately 100 jobs across a variety of disciplines, including nurses and carers, hospitality, front of house and maintenance.
Dawn Collett, commissioning director at New Care, said: “Work on site is progressing well and with just two months to go until practical completion, Wilmslow Manor is starting to look good and come to life.
“The design, both externally and internally, for Wilmslow Manor is superb and we are very much looking forward to welcoming the first residents, as well as integrating with the local community in the coming months.”
Part of the McGoff Group, New Care’s portfolio of purpose-built ‘new generation’ care centres will number 11 with the completion of Wilmslow Manor, complementing existing facilities in Cheshire and Greater Manchester including Bramhall, Cheadle, Sale and Worsley.
Whittle Jones, managing agents acting on behalf of Northern Trust, has announced that CMS Furniture & Beds has expanded its operations at the 26,820 sq ft Croft Trade Park in Bromborough, Wirral.
The independent family-run business has moved from its 2,440 sq ft unit into Unit 2, which extends to 3,600 sq ft. The additional space has enabled the retailer to open a new showroom and expand its product offering, including new bedroom furniture. Other product categories that have been expanded include sofas, lighting, accessories, art and dining furniture.
CMS co-owner, Christopher Syers, said: “Mega proud to announce our new showroom opening. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought we would achieve so much in the time we have been going. From our garage to this.”
Luke Blockley, assistant letting/management surveyor at Whittle Jones North West, said: “The new showroom looks great and I am excited to see the continued growth of CMS.”
Croft Trade Park occupies a prominent position on the successful Croft Business Park, on Welton Road, the main exit from the retail and leisure park at Bromborough. The development provides eight trade counter/industrial units arranged in two main blocks. Units range in size from 2,440 sq ft up to 4,650 sq ft.
Master agent LH1 London has sold all apartments at the new residential development Spinning Mill, on the banks of the Rochdale Canal, in a record 16 weeks.
The development, a Grade II-listed former textile mill, will boast 15 impressive one-bedroom apartments and 70 luxury two-bedroom apartments, occupying a highly sought-after location, to the north east of Manchester city centre.
The historic building, designed by Bolton architect George Woodhouse, showcases a bold six-storey red-brick façade and towering chimney which has dominated the local skyline for more than one and a half centuries.
Rayna Hunter, managing director and head of global sales at LH1 London, said: “LH1 London are delighted to be involved in this prominent, historic development in the heart of Manchester. The truly authentic nature of Spinning Mill is evidenced through its carefully constructed interior design features with its exposed brickwork and original iron columns, adding a contemporary, yet exclusive feel to the development.
“We are truly honoured to have Spinning Mill under our banner and look forward to seeing the development complete within the near future.”
Works at Spinning Mill are in progress and the anticipated practical completion is Q1 2023.
The Wildes Hotel Group is transforming an historic site on Bridge Street, Chester, into a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel, restaurant and space, which is set to open in spring 2023. The £5m development will feature 18 unique bedrooms, a spa with rooftop pool overlooking the city and a destination restaurant and bar by Chef Harry Guy, as well as outdoor seating set within the historic Rows of Chester, with views of the famous Eastgate Street clock.
The group has released new CGI mock-ups of the interiors of this contemporary hotel, spa and restaurant, reflecting the dramatic, yet sympathetic transformation of one of Chester’s longest standing buildings.
A theatrical curtain frames the entrance to a beautiful staircase, decorated in a deep colour palette and Victorian metro tiles, while the 18 bedroom suites are characterised with hidden gems bursting with colour, with pattern and texture throughout making each guest’s stay a memorable one. In addition to the extensive spa, additional treatment rooms, thermal suite with a panoramic sauna, guests will enjoy a roof top vitality pool overlooking Chester.
The team behind the development includes interior designers SpaceInvader, alongside architect firm, David Cox Architects.
David Cox, director at David Cox Architects, said: “Retaining the architectural integrity of this iconic listed building has been a priority consideration during the design development. We’ve been working within the constraints of the existing building structure to maximise the very best use of space to create a luxurious experience for guests, whether they are staying in one of the luxurious suites or popping in for a cocktail.
“The proposed spa/pool and restaurant will be an exceptional asset to Wildes Chester, both of which will celebrate a touch of indulgence in the heart of the city.”
John Williams, SpaceInvader founder, said: “Projects like this don’t come around very often. Both Paul Wildes and Harry Guy have such a strong vision for this project, whilst the setting, in Chester’s famous Rows, couldn’t be more special.
“For the design team, it’s all about doing the building proud, making Paul and Harry proud and delivering a truly stand out new hotel and hospitality destination for the inhabitants of and visitors to the historic heart of Chester.”