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Opportunities beckon as £1bn Trafford scheme approved

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IBI Group and Gillespies have won outline consent for a £1 billion mixed-use scheme on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal which could lead to a raft of work over the next two decades

The 3,000-home Trafford Waters scheme, earmarked for a disused site next to the Trafford Centre shopping mall, was given the go ahead by Trafford Council this week.

Developer Peel Land & Property’s project will also provide more than 9,000m² of commercial space; a primary school; leisure and community facilities; and improvements to the public realm and transport infrastructure.

Gillespies is project landscape architects for the scheme, with IBI Group the main architect and masterplanner.

A spokesperson for Gillespies said the scheme could take 20 years to fully complete. ‘There will inevitably be opportunities for future design work and detailed planning applications as phases of the development emerge,’ she added.

Gillepsies partner Jim Gibson said: ’The success of this application is the testament of several years’ careful and collaborative work.

’To support high density development, the delivery of integrated landscape solutions is critical and public spaces have to be multi-functional and of an exceptional quality.

“Building on the practice’s successful work at similar high density developments such as at MediaCityUK, Gillespies look forward to the opportunity to support Peel in the delivery of this exciting development over the coming years.”

Trafford Waters

Client: Peel Land & Property
Masterplanner/architect: IBI Group
Landscape architect: Gillespies
Planning consultant: NJL Consulting
Transport consultant: The Traffic Transport and Highway Consultancy
Environmental assessment: BWB Consulting
Cost consultancy: Turner and Townsend

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