Press 22.03.2022

Design Framework for Trafford Waters Approved by Trafford Council

Trafford Council has approved a detailed Design Framework developed by Gillespies and the wider team. This Design Framework sets out detailed design principles relating to the consented Trafford Waters outline planning proposal, a mixed-use development located close to the Intu Trafford Centre, along the banks of Manchester Ship Canal.

The scheme will create a new vibrant, sustainable and high-density neighbourhood providing 3,000 new homes together with hotel uses, ancillary retail and leisure, a new primary school, health and community facilities, offices, green infrastructure and public open spaces, new vehicular and active travel streets, a safeguarded route for the potential future extension of Metrolink and substantial improvements to existing highways and immediate public realm.

Gillespies was appointed as Project Landscape Architect by Peel Land & Property to masterplan and detail the comprehensive landscape and public realm strategy. The Design Framework draws references from the recently released National Model Design Code and supplements the approved outline proposal in guiding future developments to come. It includes key design principles such as Character, Urban Form, Homes, Open Space, Green Infrastructure, and Parking and Accessibility. The new landscape strategy will provide a high proportion of high-quality and multi-functional open spaces with green corridors and waterways throughout the site to define pedestrian routes, ensuring the site is integrated, attractive and connected with its local neighbourhood. This sustainable new neighbourhood will provide streets, boulevards, active travel links and a green-blue infrastructure including new water bodies, parks, squares, play areas and attractive, well-maintained civic environments delivering sitewide sustainable drainage solutions.

The project team includes Gillespies (Hale), NJL planning, IBI, TTHC and BWB.

Top image courtesy of IBI.