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Plans submitted for £2.3m Weavers Cottages in Altrincham


13 Jun 2018


A £2.3million residential development of six homes, including a new architectural landmark, is soon heading for Regent Road in Altrincham.
The development, to be called ‘Weavers Cottages’, is the first from a new partnership between Southway Housing Trust and Novo Property Group, with the project team including property consultants AA Projects Ltd.
Weavers Cottages will see the historic terrace imaginatively reconverted into two and three-bedroom residential cottages. The works will include extensive restorations that are sympathetic in approach, with high quality new additions inserted to provide a contemporary architectural layer to Regent Road.
The properties will be developed under Gecko Homes, the commercial arm of Southway, and are due to start on site later this year.
Six distinctive new homes will be created on the site offering a range of accommodation, each with its own terrace and private parking within a central courtyard. The development retains the corner retail space on Normans Place that local business Riddles Emporium currently occupies.
Novo, Southway and architects Project 3 are seeking to create a new architectural landmark through the more extensive rebuilding of No33a that adjoins the Edwardian-styled corner building. The bold new façade will be faced with a handmade black glazed brick. Spread across three floors, the property will feature a distinctive vertical strip of glazing clad in aluminium panelling.
Matthew Roberts, Director of Property and Development at Southway Housing Trust, said: “This is one of our first commercial developments we are bringing to the market as Gecko Homes and it’s a fantastic, unique scheme that will demonstrate the ambition and quality of our development work. It’s a brilliant location with excellent potential and we look forward to working with our partners to deliver such an exciting project.”
Ben Fearns, managing director of Novo Property Group, said: “The Weavers is the first phase of a larger redevelopment plan that we are undertaking with Southway. It is all part of our commitment to proactively investing in the town and providing much needed new homes. This development is an incredibly rare opportunity to create family homes right in the heart of the town and we are using all our experience to make them really special. It’s a pleasure to see the collective efforts of local business and Trafford Council, the town is truly thriving”. 
Andrew Bamford of Project3, said: “Our remit was to design a scheme that positively influenced and respected the future of these historic buildings. The corner landmark building will be greatly enhanced by the new additions and will no longer be viewed as a standalone element but incorporated into the newly renovated street frontage. This project has the potential to significantly improve the existing commercial units and provide unique new homes that will benefit Altrincham’s continued growth”.  
Work is expected to begin in July 2018, ready for occupation in late 2018.

Notes to editors
Novo Property Group 
Novo Property Group is a privately funded and owned property development company with projects across Greater Manchester and Cheshire. 
Its primary focus and presence is within Altrincham town centre, delivering a major share of the area’s new homes as a significant contributor to its well-publicised regeneration.   
The Group works with a small number of select partners, as well as delivering a mix of tenures for registered housing providers.
All of Novo Property Group’s projects are bespoke and individually designed to create unique spaces within new builds, conversions and renovations, in both the residential and commercial sectors.   
The Group was founded in 2013 by managing director, Ben Fearns, who is now joined by an experienced team and partners who are influencers within the property market. 
Novo’s current Altrincham developments include The Tannery on Goose Green; Victoria House on Stamford New Road and The Secret Garden in the Downs conservation area.
Southway Housing Trust
We’re a committed and forward-thinking not-for-profit local housing company and are passionate about providing excellent homes and outstanding customer care.
We own and manage almost 6,000 homes across Burnage, Chorlton, Didsbury and Withington. We took over these homes from Manchester City Council in 2007 following a ballot among council tenants.
Gecko Homes is the commercial arm of Southway Housing Trust and delivers properties for market rent and sale including both outright sale and shared ownership
Weavers Cottages 
The cottages are located to the South of the Old Market Place conservation area original occupied by Victorian textile workers, who played a major role in Altrincham’s industrial and trading history.
The area is best known for the Altrincham Market and soon to benefit from the new South Trafford Health and Wellbeing Centre.  
The specification will to be to exacting standards, including the opportunity for purchasers to have a say over the internal finishes.
An open day for prospective buyers is scheduled for late summer and interest is being registered already.
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