Work on Altrincham Office Space Begins
Altrincham is yet another area of Greater Manchester to begin a regeneration scheme, with two office buildings located in the town centre due to be demolished as the controversial ┬ú100m Altair development begins.
The development, which will generate grade A office space, retail units and restaurants created a wave of public protest in early 2008, with local residents voicing concerns over the schemes displacement of some residents and even the impact upon the quality of their TV reception.
Having clearly overcome such concerns the scheme received planning permission from Trafford CouncilΓÇÖs planning department in February 2010 and developers believe it will create jobs and bring a renewed vitality to the area.
ΓÇ£It is encouraging to see work progressing on the Altair siteΓÇ¥ explained Councillor Michael Cornes in a press release posted on the Drivers Jonas Deloitte website who advised Trafford Council on the project.
ΓÇ£The creation of jobs and regeneration of this area a step closer to realityΓÇ¥ continued Cornes ΓÇ¥This scheme will be a real boost for Altrincham enhancing it as a modern and vibrant destination for visitors, shoppers and local people.ΓÇ¥
The office space due to be created by the scheme has reportedly already attracted the attention of several high profile tenants, with Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust apparently considering it as one of two possible locations ΓÇô an announcement for which is expected next month.
In addition to creating office space and retail opportunities, the site will also include a ΓÇ£public realmΓÇ¥ and improved links to the Altrincham Interchange which offers a direct link to Central Manchester and acts as the most southern terminal of Manchester Metrolink.
Other developments which will add large quantities of office space in Manchester include Salford Quays. But with research from commercial property agencies such as DTZ suggesting an over-supply of office space in the Central & Greater areas of Manchester, can all of these office schemes succeed?