TWO Altrincham-based businesses have partnered up to reveal a proposal to transform the former Mercure Hotel in Bowdon.

McGoff Group and Patrick Properties have been in consultation with Trafford Council for more than 12 months, and have come up with a plan for apartments, townhouses, a care facility and a children's day nursery at the derelict site on Langham Road.

Submitted at the end of last month, the proposal involves some demolition on the site, which is in Bowdon Conservation Area.

But the old Hydro and two villas are set to be retained, in the hope a sympathetic approach sees McGoff Group and Patrick Properties' plan approved by the council.

Jordan Kennedy, a director at Patrick Properties, said: "This project is complex and, having discussed possible schemes with several developers over the last few years, forming the JV [joint venture] with McGoff Group was absolutely the right move.

"Together we have created a multi-generational development that retains its historic charm yet boasts contemporary character.

"We viewed the historic buildings as assets, so the design was developed around those, with additional landscaping essential, all in keeping with the Conservation Area."

Messenger Newspapers: An illustration of the proposal.An illustration of the proposal.

In total, there are set to be six apartments and six townhouses, while the proposed care facility will have around 50 beds and the children's day nursery will have almost 100 places.

The two Altrincham-based businesses behind the idea anticipate their mixed-use, multi-generational development will have benefits for children and older people alike.

Chris McGoff, a director at McGoff Group, said: "For several years, this property has been derelict and much of it is an eyesore, particularly along Marlborough Road.

"Working with Patrick Properties on the design along with Trafford Council has been a lengthy but interesting process, and from this we have a devised a multi-generational development that provides a positive and long-lasting contribution to the area.

“We are confident the boutique collection of apartments and townhouses will prove hugely popular, and having conducted comprehensive research, we believe there is a real need for a care facility and children's day nursery."

The deadline for Trafford Council's decision is in July.