Plans have been revealed to turn a major downtown building into 68 apartments

Plans have been revealed to convert Clarendon House in Altrincham town center into 68 apartments.

The redevelopment would completely reimagine the 1970s brown brick building on Stamford New Road, once offices and the former home of Altrincham Library.

The 68 “top-of-the-range” T1 and T2 apartments, including 12 affordable housing units, would require a two-storey building expansion.

A visual showing what the redeveloped Clarendon House would look like

The claim was filed by Citihaus, a company set up by the administrators of Manchester-based Factory Estates.

Citihaus acquired the 33,800 square foot building from Trafford Council and Bruntwood Works, who jointly own the Stamford area of ​​which Clarendon House is a part.

Clarendon House previously had planning permission in place for a 60-flat scheme, but the new application obviously supersedes those. In 2015 there were plans for a development of 42 apartments.

Another view of the proposed scheme

In total, the new program would include four studios, 25 one-bedroom apartments, 34 two-bedroom apartments and five three-bedroom duplexes.

Andrew Leaver, principal of TP Bennett, architects of the project, told Place North West: “Clarendon House needs a breath of fresh air. Our proposal retains the existing structure, which marks the entry point to Altrincham, with design-focused retention and re-appropriation of the vacant office site to provide new homes and a bustling commercial supply to the streetscape.

The plans also propose to convert some vacant commercial space into offices and leisure accommodation, as well as improving the public realm around the site.

What Clarendon House looks like today

The plans are part of a larger master plan for the Stamford district.

In January, Trafford Council approved the transformation of the old Rackhams building into a major new mixed-use development called Foundation.

The former House of Fraser department store – which closed in August 2020 – will be transformed into 50,000 square feet of retail workspace and 25,000 square feet of ground floor retail and leisure space. ground floor and in the basement.

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