Altrincham's Stamford upgrade planned

Plans have been unveiled for a£30 million shopping centre redevelopment at Altrincham, Manchester's trendy enclave on the southwest outskirts.

Manchester-based Park Lane Estates, the new owners of Altrincham's Stamford shopping centre, have lodged an application with Trafford Borough Council to transform the 1970s precinct.

James Harrocks, partner at Tushingham Moore, which is letting the shopping centre with Lunson Mitchenall, said: 'Altrincham has great potential to be one of the foremost retail venues in south Manchester and north Cheshire.

Part of Stamford shopping centre will be demolished and spare offices and storage areas utilised to provide 83,420 sq ft (7,750 sq m) of retail space.

Harrocks said: 'The scheme has been designed with a view to providing larger retail units to satisfy the requirements of today's retailers. We have been able to identify excellent tenant demand for existing retailers wanting to expand their trading operations and, perhaps more importantly, from retailers keen to acquire space in the redeveloped scheme.'

The scheme, designed by Chapman Taylor, will also result in the upgrade of Rackhams department store, which is the anchor for Stamford shopping centre at the moment. Public transport links and parking will also be improved.

Chapman Taylor director Tim Partington said: 'Though still popular, the Stamford centre currently lacks presence. There has been no investment for many years and it is very inward facing.'

Subject to planning, construction should begin next year, with redevelopment of the centre being completed in phases from 2006.