Property Regeneration

Construction of “iconic” Altair apartments WILL begin by February

By David Prior at

Work on a new 59-apartment block in the centre of Altrincham has been delayed – but the company behind the scheme says that work WILL begin early in the new year.

We reported in April how detailed planning permission for the “iconic” Moss Lane development – Phase One of the long-awaited £70m Altair scheme – had been granted and that construction was due to start this summer.

That date has been delayed but a final contract agreement is due to be signed off with the main contractor, Eric Wright Construction, in the next fortnight with clearance works beginning on the site shortly after.

A visual of the 59-apartment building, close to Tesco

A visual of the 59-apartment building, close to Tesco

Hillcrest Homes, the company delivering the development which will comprise 36 one-bedroom and 23 two-bedroom apartments, has confirmed to us that they expect construction to then begin by late January or early February.

Assuming that all goes to plan, the apartments will now be completed by June/July 2018.

The apartments – which will feature a roof terrace, private balconies, German designer kitchens, integrated ‘A’ grade appliances and bathrooms by Villeroy & Boch – will be released for off-plan sales next year.

Nikal’s Phase One plans for Altair also include a new entrance for Altrincham Ice Rink and a new landscaped pedestrianised area with space for outside seating and pavement cafés.

A new view of the apartments, as seen from Moss Lane

A new view of the apartments, as seen from Moss Lane

How the new apartment building will change the Altrincham skyline, as seen from the interchange

How the new apartment building will change the Altrincham skyline, as seen from the interchange

A visual showing what the further stages of Altair construction could entail

A visual showing how Altair could look, a potential attraction for more premium brands

Another view of the proposed Altair development - an application for this stage will follow later this year

Another view of the proposed Altair development – a planning application for this stage will follow later this year

A night-time view of the main public realm that's part of future phases of Altair

A night-time view of the main public realm that’s part of future phases of Altair