New hospital is welcomed by Altrincham Forward as first step in major Altrincham regeneration programme (From Messenger Newspapers)
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New hospital is welcomed by Altrincham Forward as first step in major Altrincham regeneration programme
3:30pm Thursday 17th January 2013 in News
NEWS of the imminent start on Altrincham’s new hospital has been welcomed by Altrincham Forward, the town’s public / private sector regeneration partnership.
The hospital will be built on a prominent town centre site, replacing a row of vacant shop units on Railway Street.
The existing hospital building and the area around it will then be redeveloped to create a stunning new Market Quarter for the town.
Cllr. Matt Colledge, chairman of Altrincham Forward and leader of Trafford Council said: “The hospital is the first of several major projects that will change the face of Altrincham over the next few years. Together with the work Altrincham Forward is doing with the town’s landlords, property owners and businesses we are making sure that Altrincham continues to be a great place to live and an ideal place to invest in.”
Work is also due to start soon on both Altrincham’s new integrated transport interchange and a major programme of improvements to the town’s public realm.
Ken Knott, chief executive of Ask Property Developments and Altrincham Forward board member, said: “To secure the building of a new hospital in today’s economic climate is a major achievement for Altrincham. The regeneration programme planned for the town reflects its continuing status as one of the most desirable residential locations in the UK and makes it a very attractive proposition as a business location.”
Jackie Campbell, chairman of Altrincham and Sale Chamber of Commerce and Altrincham Forward board member, added: “The Altrincham Forward Action Plan for 2012/13 signalled our intention to revitalise the town centre. Those words are now becoming firm actions and Altrincham’s future, its local economy and the quality of life of its residents are looking a lot more rosy.”