Altrincham has been a market town since 1290 – ambitious regeneration plans are placing the market at its heart again, re-defining Altrincham as THE Modern Market Town.
Planit has been embedded in development of proposals since moving the practice to the town in 2009. Early thoughts on how to drive regeneration forward led to the creation of a concept design for Altrincham’s Public Realm Strategy, then detailed public realm proposals; all of which were underpinned by a detailed knowledge of the town’s historic fabric.
Prior to completion of Goose Green, café tables were already spilling across the newly laid segmental arch stone paving. Subtle details, such as the imprint of webbed feet within occasional paving panels and the tree grilles, have enriched the space along with the tactile sleeping stone geese seats. Transformation of the space has attracted new use, increasing the property values and prosperity of surrounding businesses, all of which were celebrated at a late summer festival.
Honey-hued stone paving has now extended through the town centre and up to the Lower Market and renowned Altrincham Market House. Shared-space principals have been adopted throughout the streetscapes and public spaces, redressing the balance between vehicles and pedestrians, whilst fulfilling the operational requirements of the busy markets and town centre retail. Street trees and furniture give a human-scale to the public spaces, whilst the unique tree grille inscription ‘Altrincham Market Town 1290’ marks the roots of this place.