Work starts at new Old Trafford

Work has begun to demolish largely derelict buildings to make way for 80 ‘affordable’ and sustainable apartments by Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

Southway Housing Trust and McGoff Construction Ltd are working to deliver the scheme which is situated opposite Old Trafford Metrolink station and will be made up of one five-storey and two four-storey apartment blocks.

All the homes will be offered on affordable tenures to meet the needs of first-time buyers and other qualifying households. Two of the three blocks will provide rental homes deemed affordable.

Apartments in the third block will be available for purchase via shared ownership allowing first time buyers to access a brand-new home that would otherwise be out of reach.

All the flats will have their own balcony or access to outdoor space and there will be communal gardens for residents.

The joint venture – known as Victor (Old Trafford) Ltd – comes from Victor at MC Construction and the McGoff Group.

Mike Purcell, development director, Victor said: “We are delighted to see our regeneration ambitions, which began in 2016, progress to an on-site project due to the hard work and perseverance of the various parties involved. We look forward to seeing these quality and truly affordable homes take shape.”

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has given funding to the project through the Brownfield Housing Fund (BHF) under the government’s Levelling Up programme, and Homes England has provided funding from the Affordable Homes programme.

Representatives from Trafford Council including Cllr Tom Ross, Leader, joined senior leaders from Southway Housing Trust, McGoff Group, Victor, Homes England and GMCA on site to mark this first phase of the development.