Plans revealed to bring listed buildings back into use at Alderley Park

A specialist developer has revealed plans to bring some listed buildings at Alderley Park back into use whilst demolishing others to develop a range of new build houses and a new waterside apartment building.

Trafford Park-based PJ Livesey has submitted plans centred around the park's historic courtyard that would create 34 homes and a new block of 23 apartments on the former AstraZeneca campus.

The scheme includes converting the Upper Courtyard Buildings to create 9 new cottages, converting the Lower Courtyard building to create 6 new residential terraces and creating 2 new residential dwellings in the Waterloo Building - all of which would be two storey properties.

The scheme includes demolishing the single storey office building between the Upper and Lower Courtyard and replacing the structure with a row of three terrace dwellings in the same position, that will also be two storey.

An extension to the Grade II listed Upper Courtyard Buildings would create three new terraced blocks of 14 three storey townhouses accommodating up to four bedrooms, with a covered podium car park.

Additionally the application proposes to demolish the 1960s Water Garden restaurant building, which has been out of use for around 10 years, and replace it with a 5-storey residential apartment building comprising of 23 two and three-bedroom units with underground car parking for 49 vehicles, two spaces will be provided per apartment along with three visitor bays.

PJ Livesey's application forms part of plans, approved by Cheshire East Council in February 2016 (planning reference 15/5401M), to create a new community at Alderley Park, including up to 275 homes, new sports and leisure facilities, a pub, hotel and farm shop.

PJ Livesey managing director Peter Livesey said: "This is a rare opportunity to build a mix of high quality housing to create a legacy development in this very special location. We admire the ambitious aim of delivering a destination at Alderley Park where people can live, work and relax, and are excited to play a part in creating what will be a vibrant community.

"The diversity of the site requires special thought and our experienced in-house teams are working with architects Feilden Clegg Bradley on the Water Garden Building and Brewster Bye on the courtyard scheme to deliver unique properties with Planit-ie designing the landscaping."

Chris Oglesby, Chief Executive of Bruntwood said: "We are delighted to see PJ Livesey submit this application for such a sensitive and exciting development at Alderley Park. Our vision is for a unique new community on this important and historic site and it's great to see this taking shape.

"PJ Livesey has an excellent track record for its sympathetic redevelopment of heritage assets and it will be wonderful to see the listed estate and historic courtyards at Alderley Park brought back into use alongside new amenities such as the gastro-pub and the farm shop."

If planning is approved work on the scheme would begin this spring with the first homes available in early 2018.

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 17/0210M. The last date for submitting comments is February 23rd and a decision is expected by March 17th.

This is the second set of plans for a residential development at Alderley Park. Earlier this month Cheadle-based developer PH Homes submitted plans for 74 homes, which includes 73 new dwellings along with the renovation and extension of the Gardener's Cottage.

Image: Proposed South elevation.

Alderley Park, PJ Livesey