Trafford Council grants planning consent for “beating heart” of £70m Altair scheme

By David Prior at

Trafford Council last night granted planning consent for Nikal to proceed with the second phase of Altair, its new £70m residential and lifestyle quarter in Altrincham town centre.

Nikal’s reserved matters application for Phase Two of the 4.5 acre development went to committee on Thursday night with officers approving plans for the construction of four contemporary style buildings housing 85 high quality apartments, 44,000 sq ft of leisure retail space and 18,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation around an exemplar public realm, the largest new public outdoor space to be created in Altrincham in recent years.

Described as the ‘beating heart’ of Altair, the new public space includes a central boulevard that provides a direct link between the new quarter and the interchange as well as an “attractive leisure space” in which residents, workers and visitors can “dine, socialise and relax”.

A CGI showing Phase Two of the Altair boulevard which will stretch through 44,000 sq ft of leisure retail space, 20,000 sq ft of Grade A office space and apartments

Nick Payne, managing director at Nikal, said: “We’re delighted with the Council’s decision. This second phase realises our ambitions for Altair as a thriving new quarter within Altrincham that will bring new residents, businesses and visitors to the town.

“The apartments are high quality yet affordable, with starting prices well below the national and local average. Retail space will be modern with active outdoor frontages appealing to restaurants and pavement cafes so as to create a relaxed social atmosphere. And the offices are of the highest quality, with space to suit small or big businesses looking for a well-connected location for their HQ.

Another visual showing the 59-apartment block (left) and the Altair mixed-use development to the right

“Altair will reconnect the high street with the areas of residential housing to the east and will complement the fantastic efforts made by the Council, residents groups and other businesses and investors to rebuild Altrincham as a modern market town. It will leave an exemplary legacy for this and future generations,” he added.

Work on Phase One, an apartment building with 59 one and two bedroom apartments and ground floor retail space, commenced earlier this year with demolition of the existing buildings. Nikal’s contractors, Eric Wright Construction, are scheduled to start the main works this autumn.

Apartments within ‘Altair One’ were released to the market by appointed agents Gascoigne Halman earlier this month with over 30% sold off plan in just 10 days. One-bedroom apartments are priced from £158,750 and two-bedroom apartments are priced from £261,250.

How the now-approved Altair would look – as seen from the equivalent of the Tesco car park

New visuals (above and below) have been released showing the view from the rooftop of the Altair apartment building