Trafford Council is inviting expressions of interest to regenerate the landmark Grafton Centre in Altrincham, Greater Manchester
Aimed at architects, masterplanners and developers, the open call seeks ‘high-level, creative and viable’ concepts to transform the town-centre site, which was purchased by the local authority earlier this year.
The project aims to boost footfall, expenditure and daytime activity within central Altrincham and could deploy a variety of uses including residential, car parking, technology and start-ups, niche retail, public realm and transport.
In its brief, the council says it wants teams ‘with a proven track record, experience and ability who would be interested in bringing forward ideas for the regeneration of the Grafton Centre, Altrincham, through appropriate remodelling / redevelopment of the existing site.
‘The overriding objective is to regenerate the Grafton Centre, to attract inward investment and link this to the ongoing improvement of Altrincham Town Centre, and to create a viable sustainable investment. The council would welcome innovative, design-led ideas for the Grafton Centre, to reinvigorate the area making it a ‘go-to’ destination that blends with and enhances the local area and kick starts the next phase of regeneration for the centre.’
Altrincham is a historic market town and affluent commuter settlement around nine miles south-west of central Manchester, with a population of around 52,000.
The Grafton Centre is a large mixed-use retail and hotel development which was constructed in the 1970s on an island site at the junction of George Street and Regent Road. It features a seven-storey tower along with several retail units and a raised car park.
The complex was purchased by the local authority earlier this year.
Trafford Council is now inviting expressions of interest for the site and will consider a range of options before publishing a development brief and issuing a formal invitation to tender in spring next year.
The project aims to boost regeneration with Altrincham and proposals may focus on a variety of different uses. Any residential conversion or redevelopment of the site will require 40 per cent of the new units to be affordable.
The deadline for applications is midday on 26 October.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Tel: 0161 912 4165