Nikal submits plans for Phase 2 at Altair

Nikal has submitted a reserved matters application for the second phase of an exciting new £70 million residential, leisure and lifestyle Quarter in Altrincham town centre, near Manchester.

Preliminary work on the 4.5 acre town centre site commenced earlier this year, with demolition and enabling works underway to allow for the construction of Phase One; an iconic building containing 59 high quality apartments and ground floor retail space.

Phase Two sees the heart of Altair take shape and Nikal’s plans include the construction of four strikingly original contemporary style buildings which will offer further high quality residential accommodation as well as versatile leisure retail and Grade A office space.

Ninety-one one, two and three bedroom apartments will be provided, appealing to a wide range of purchaser buying at all stages of the property ladder. With an emphasis on quality design and luxury specification, the apartments will create a stylish city centre living experience with a host of premium amenities on the doorstep. The apartments will be delivered by Nikal’s award-winning luxury homebuilding arm, Hillcrest Homes.

The residential element is complemented by 44,000 sq ft of leisure retail space, 20,000 sq ft of Grade A offices and a 200 space basement car park.

Surrounding the buildings will be a stunning new public realm. This central boulevard will link the new Quarter directly to the Transport Interchange as well as provide an attractive outdoor environment in which residents, workers, shoppers and diners can relax and socialise.

The regeneration of this large town centre site is an integral element of Altrincham’s renaissance as a modern market town with a buoyant evening economy. A major town centre improvement programme has included significant public realm works, a £19 million tram, train and bus Transport Interchange and the restoration of the Market House into a hub for independent enterprise, attracting new restaurants, cafes and artisan retailers.

Says Nikal MD, Nick Payne:

“We’re excited to be sharing our vision for Altair as a dynamic and thriving new Quarter in modern Altrincham. Phase Two reveals how Altair will complement the town’s existing offering and help attract new residents, workers, businesses, shoppers and visitors from near and far.

“Its an exciting time for Altrincham. The town centre is evolving and it has already become a popular place to live, work and socialise. This stylish new Quarter will provide high quality but affordable new homes where values will appreciate as well as create exciting new opportunities for retailers, leisure providers and businesses looking for superior commercial space with unrivalled transport links and amenities.”

Altair has been created by Nikal in close working partnership with Trafford Council. The development has been designed by acclaimed Manchester architects, Stephenson Studio. The main contractor is Eric Wright Construction.

Outline planning consent for the entire scheme was granted in 2014 with a planning decision on Phase Two anticipated in April 2017. HOW advised on planning. Phil Grant, Principal Planner at HOW, said:

“The Altair scheme has been specifically designed to complement the existing town centre and the Phase 2 plans further enhance this objective. We have worked closely with our client and the council to ensure that this fantastic site continues to be delivered in a way that benefits the long term needs and desires of the town.”