What’s going on in Tameside?
Tameside has an array of exciting capital projects underway that will strengthen the economic base of the borough. These include:
This multi-million pound master plan “Vision Tameside”, involving Tameside Council and Tameside College, will deliver a new exciting future for Ashton Town Centre attracting new businesses into Tameside, creating new jobs and future opportunities for Tameside residents.
Central to the master plan is a transformational three phase development of the Tameside College Campus. Over the next four years the College plans to build three new Advanced Learning and Technology Centres bases in Ashton Town Centre and at the Beaufort Road site.
This once in a lifetime opportunity for Tameside brings together the latest transport infrastructure, one of the fastest broadband connections in the UK and outstanding teaching and learning facilities in state of the art accommodation that doesn’t just transform the lives of young people but raises the aspirations and opportunities available for the whole Tameside community.
Ashton Market Square
Plans for the £4.5 million transformation of Ashton Market Square into a modern vibrant area are being progressed by Tameside Council. The redevelopment will see the introduction of new stalls and kiosks, high quality landscaping and trees, a performance area and seating as well as new street furniture and lighting.
The exciting plans were developed following extensive consultation with traders, shoppers, businesses and residents to ensure the space meets their needs whilst providing an attractive and inviting shopping and meeting point, which will enhance the market’s already award winning offer and reputation.
For further information on the plans and monthly work programme please visit: www.tameside.gov.uk/ashton/marketsquare
St Petersfield is Ashton-under-Lyne’s urban business quarter, providing on completion, 400,000 square foot of high quality office space, retail, residential and leisure amenities. Located just 400 metres from the busy retail core, the scheme has stunning public landscaping providing an attractive place to work and live. Current occupiers include Pennine Care NHS Trust, Tameside and Glossop PCT and Tameside College.
Critical to the ongoing success of St Petersfield is the recent construction of a multi storey care park (MSCP) which has the capacity to accommodate 239 car spaces. Having secured £2.4 million from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Homes and Communities Agency work started on this latest phase in June 2014 and was complete in January 2015. The car park will be open for business by June 2015.
At the heart of St Petersfield is an exciting new development Ashton (Old) Baths. This exciting development is being delivered in a partnership between Tameside Council and PlaceFirst Ltd, that will transform this grade II* building into a state of the art business incubation centre targeted at the creative and digital sector. The development has attracted £1m European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and £1.7m Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Works have commenced on site and should complete late 2015.
These large projects have been undertaken alongside two private led projects, the extension of Network Connect and the conversation of the former Friendship Inn. The extensive development activity that has taken place in St Peterfield over recent months has enhanced its offer and profile as a high quality business quarter elevating its competiveness in the Greater Manchester office market and attracting new occupiers.
Ashton Old Baths
The well know local landmark Ashton Old Baths, located in St Petersfield, is being brought back into life with a multi-million pound makeover, thanks to Tameside Council and its partner PlaceFirst Ltd.
The beautiful grade II* listed building was first opened in the 1870’s and was the second largest indoor pool in Europe, which was accompanied by a women only pool, slipper baths, fire engine shed and Turkish baths. Following a 100 years of use the building closed and remained vacant for over 40 years, with its future looking uncertain.
The future of the building now looks bright following the Council and PlaceFirst Ltd securing £1m European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and £1.7m Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). These funds will transform Ashton Old Baths into a state of the art business incubation center targeted at the digital and creative markets.
The proposals include the construction of a freestanding pod structure inside the pool hall. This structure will hold flexible business offices, meeting rooms, break out space and a conference/event space. The center will also benefit from super-fast broadband, boasting the highest speeds available in the UK.
Works to the building have commenced with completion programmed for late 2015. If you would like to express your interest to let space at Ashton Old Baths please contact Richard Humphreys on Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashton Moss is a highly successful industrial, retail and leisure development of strategic regional importance. The investment value to date of Ashton Moss is in the region of £250 million, with key occupiers including Office Depot, Sainsbury’s, Ikea, Selco, Travelodge and Cine UK. Development of the remaining plot of land at Ashton Moss, named Plot 3000, will complete the scheme and deliver a high quality, industrial led scheme by MUSE Developments.
MUSE and Legal and General have recently undertaken significant investment with the development of 5 new high quality restaurants including 5 Guys, Prezzo, Bella Italia and new Greene King Pub/restaurant. Works are now complete and have created 120 new job opportunities.
The once resplendent Victorian Arcade is being transformed to become a hub of activity following plans to develop it into a state-of-the-art business Centre. Tameside Council supported Jersey Street Properties Limited in a successful bid to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for £1 million to regenerate Clarence Arcade in Ashton Town Centre.
The developers are matching the ERDF grant pound for pound to develop the beautiful building into high quality offices with high speed broadband, meeting rooms and conference facilities. The scheme will also incorporate a stunning glass atrium, creating a warm and inviting communal space for businesses and visitors.
Clarence Arcade was built in 1894 and was Tameside’s only covered Victorian shopping arcade. In its heyday it was considered to be one of the most prestigious shopping locations in Ashton but is fortunes waned as shopping habits changed. The new development will breathe new life into this part of the town centre, creating opportunities for businesses and increasing footfall within the surrounding area.
For business enquiries contact 0161 605 0800 or email: email@example.com
Tameside Transport Interchange
Plans to transform Ashton bus station into a new £33 million multi-modal transport interchange have been confirmed by Transport for Greater Manchester. The project will see the old station completely rebuilt and moved closer to the new Metrolink tram stop providing better access between the two. This development will enable the realisation of the full transport and economic benefits of the Metrolink extension to Ashton and the Vision Tameside masterplan. The completion will also enable continued improvements to local rail services as a result on the ongoing electrification of the Trans Pennine line and is expected to complete in 2017.
The newly redesigned train station, opposite the new transport interchange, will play a key part in Ashton Town Centre’s regeneration.
Tameside Digital Infrastructure Project
Tameside Council has installed new digital technology infrastructure to transform public services, offering some of the fastest broadband speeds in the UK at a lower cost. It also sees digital technology as driver for economic growth, directly through the development of digital sector and related businesses and indirectly through the impact on productivity in the wider economy. There is an opportunity to link these objectives for digital transformation by working with partners to jointly expand the infrastructure that now exists so it can be shared with other organisations and businesses to support economic regeneration in the Tameside area.
Tameside Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and Peak Valley Housing Association have entered into a partnership with residents of the area to bring forward the regeneration of Hattersley. This so far has delivered:
- 600 – 800 new homes to be delivered across Hattersley including multi-million pound investment in public realm through a Development Agreement with house builders BASE. Over 160 have now been completed.
- £4 million has been targeted at improving the public realm in Hattersley. The works will include landscaping, highway works and parking, with the first phase to start late 2015.
- The Hub, a £4 million community building that is helping to transform Hattersley by bringing vital local services together under one roof. The services include the library, council services, the police, the communication association and Peak Valley Housing Association as well as a number of community groups.
- The development of a new District Centre comprising of 8,765 square metres of supermarket, 525 car parking spaces and petrol station.
- Proposals have been prepared for the redevelopment of the final phase of the new Hattersley District Centre. The proposed site for the new district centre is located on the corner of Stockport Road and Ashworth Lane, opposite The Hub. Outline planning permission has been granted with proposed uses including a discount food store, retail units and a drive-through café/restaurant.
- Relocation of Hattersley Road West closer to the train station. This project is part of a package of measures to improve access to the station to improve passenger use and includes a new car park with provision for 40 cars and 2 disabled bays. Works started in July 2014 and opened in February 2015.
The £100 million Droylsden Canalside regeneration includes a marina basin for 30 moorings as well as residential and commercial development. The canal arm and marina basin is already complete and let out to a private marina operator. The first phase of residential units is complete. Following a restart on site phases 2a, 2b and 3 are now complete, another 54 properties.
The developer Watkin Jones is continuing with the scheme. Due to the demand for housing the next phase to start on site in early 2016 will be the area at the rear of the new office development. Following this the start on site for the apartments will be later in 2016.
The wider scheme also includes the new offices for the Greater Manchester Pension Fund building, now known and Guardsman Tony Downes House which was completed on 1st September 2015 and occupied mid-September 2016.
The commercial space will be constructed once end users are identified.
Stalybridge West is a key development area in an underutilised area of the town centre with the potential to link Stalybridge town centre with the rail station. The Greater Manchester Pension Fund continues to assemble land in this area for future mix use development popular as an urban living and working location
New life is proposed for the former Casablanca Health Club site that stood empty at the heart of the Stalybridge historic core. The site which is located in Armentieres Square became derelict 2005 following fire damage, until it was acquired by New Charter and subsequently cleared in 2013 by Tameside Council.
Since the site was cleared New Charter have been developing proposals in consultation with the local community and Town Team. The current proposals now include 67 apartments with commercial space to the ground floor, which will generate footfall and activity in the town.