Creating a Town with our Community
Since acquiring Stretford Mall in 2019, Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council have undergone an extensive consultation period with the general public and key stakeholders. After hosting three engagements across 15 months, both digitally and in person we identified a number of consistent themes that helped shape our masterplan for Stretford:
- People want a better, busier town centre
- The area is ready for change, with improvements for the benefit of local people
- Improved connections around and across Stretford is a major issue. People want better pedestrian routes and links to the Metrolink
- Residents want a better quality environment, with more greenery and public open spaces
- The canalside is a major asset and is ripe for redevelopment and new uses
Stretford regeneration will create a sustainable town centre for the people, by revitalising the high street and surrounding areas to create an experience with community at the heart of it.
The vision is to create a Town Centre Experience to shop, work, play and stay, which is greener and healthier and has improved connectivity to link all neighbourhoods. This inclusive dynamic mixed-use development will create a new thriving community. With sustainability at its core, we are aiming for a self sufficient town centre.
Taking into account the feedback we received from the public consultation, we have broken down our long term development into the following five phases:
Phase 1 : A new King Street
The first phase will see the reinstatement of King Street to provide an appropriate amount of new retail space, through the reconfiguration and modernising of existing buildings, including the multi-storey car park and Arndale House, and selective demolitions to create King Street Square. We will also remove the roof from this part of the Mall to create a new King Street.
Phase 2 : Opening up the canal, new housing and public spaces
The second phase of works will focus on opening up access to the Canal, providing mixed-use development at Lacy Street and providing new housing between the Mall and St Matthew’s Church. Low-level development is intended in this area to enhance the setting of the church, which will also form the creation of a new ‘Church Square’ and public open space.
Phase 3 : Creating a new leisure and employment area
Phase three will see reconfiguration of existing buildings and new construction to create Maker’s Yard, a new employment and leisure area behind Arndale House. This phase also features removal of a further section of the Mall roof. Maker’s Yard is intended to be a place for independent small businesses and the evening economy.
Phase 4 : Stretford’s new Central Park
The fourth phase sees the replacement of the remaining section of the Mall to create ‘Central Park’, new public realm and new apartments and duplexes. Aldi will remain in the same place.
Phase 5 : A new ‘Library Square’
The final phase of works replaces the surface car parking between the Mall and Barton Road, with a new ‘Library Square’, apartments and a small number of townhouses.