Altrincham Phase 2 Completion
The benefits of regeneration are apparent as Phase 2 of Altrincham town centre’s public realm works complete. This Modern Market Town is thriving.
The latest works included streetscene improvements along Stamford New Road; introducing narrowed carriageways and courtesy crossings to slow traffic, additional trees and contemporary street furniture. This route is a busy thoroughfare for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists but with lower traffic speeds feels calmer. A range of new traders to have been attracted to the street, and tables and chairs have spread along pavements outside cafes and bars.
Investment in the public realm has attracted wider investment and helped to change national perceptions of the town to that of a prime location again. The town once had the highest proportion of empty shops in Britain, but vacancy rates are now down from a record high of 30% to less than 10%. Completed streetscapes and public spaces have enhanced the pedestrian’s experience, community cohesion and the character of the Market Quarter and Conservation Area. Crime and anti-social behaviour levels have dropped and footfall by the end of 2016 was up an impressive 28.1% on the previous year, relative to a increase of just 0.9% across the UK (source: Springboard).
There are many people to credit for this huge turnaround, but special thanks should go to: the leadership and commitment of Trafford’s Chief Executive Theresa Grant and her team; Leader Sean Anstee and the previous leader Matthew Colledge; and not least the award-winning Altrincham Market that has re-captured the essence of what a Market Town should be.
The Altrincham public realm works were designed jointly with long-term collaborator Civic-Engineers and have been implemented by main contractor, J. Cooney Ltd. Hardscape supplied the natural stone materials and Planit-IE designed the bespoke street furniture, which was supplied by Goosefoot.