Development partner named for shopping centre transformation
Trafford Park-based PJ Livesey Group has been selected, by Greater Manchester Pension Fund, as development partner for the proposed transformation of the Chorlton Shopping Centre.
The 3.2 acre site, bounded by Barlow Moor Road, Wilbraham Road and Nicolas Road, comprises the shopping centre, together with Graeme House and an adjoining 200-space surface car park.
A development framework, setting out residential-led regeneration, was agreed by Manchester City Council in 2017.
The brief is to create a thriving and sustainable neighbourhood centre that captures the spirit of Chorlton, with a mix of retail space and new housing, together with quality public space and integrated walking and cycle routes.
PJ Livesey development director, James Woodmansee, said: “This is a huge opportunity but also a huge challenge to get right and it has to meet the needs of the Chorlton community.
“We want it to be the centrepiece of the neighbourhood, a place where people come to shop, to meet and to live with a range of high quality housing available to meet all needs.”
He added: “This new partnership marks the start of new life for the shopping centre site, and it also marks the start of extensive consultation about what that new life should be and we want local people to help us shape that.”
Formal public consultation will begin later in the year. Existing retailers will continue to trade as normal during this process.
Gareth Conroy, of Avison Young, property manager to The Greater Manchester Pension Fund, said: “GMPF looks forward to working in partnership with PJ Livesey to deliver an exceptional development in this key location.
“Sustainability will be a focus of the project and we look forward to evolving the existing development framework to create something special which has a positive impact on Chorlton.
“The project is further evidence of GMPF’s continued investment within Greater Manchester, helping to stimulate the local economy whilst at the same time delivering much needed new homes.”