In October 2018 Trafford Council invited expressions of interest from architects and developers for the redevelopment of the Grafton Centre in Altrincham.
Our interest was piqued as not only are we a local practice, but Ellen Kitson was the project architect for the refurbishment of the Grafton Tower into a Travelodge hotel and the subsequent creation of the Home Bargains unit whilst working at a previous firm.
Our approach to the scheme balances the creative with the pragmatic to ensure the development will not only look attractive but operate successfully. Retaining and supporting the best tenants, providing attractive spaces for new ones and expanding the possibilities of the site to create new uses is the key to the long term effectiveness of any design solution. At the Grafton Centre, the careful consideration of combining demolition, refurbishment, preservation and new build, where most suitably applied, will ensure any proposals will achieve the best value for the client throughout the process and beyond.
We believe the depth of knowledge acquired by our practice due to previous involvement pertaining to how the building is constructed and how it works operationally would bring huge value to the process. With any project our aim is to establish good working relationships with clients, consultants and contractors and our collaborative style has led to many repeat appointments over the years.
We are happy to talk with any developers interested in this project and our ideas.