Our Proposals

We believe that there is a fantastic opportunity to regenerate Stamford Quarter, reinvigorate the town centre retail and leisure offer. By converting the former Rackhams Building as the first phase, we can also bring more businesses to the town centre.

The former Rackhams building is superbly located to provide high-quality new office space in the heart of Altrincham, next to the transport interchange. Our plans for the building include:


Converting the existing building, with external changes including two new floors added above, revamped facades, green walls and open terraces.


Internal improvements to provide new office workspace over four floors.


Retail and leisure uses at the lower ground floor level – such as cafes, restaurants and  independent shops – which open up onto Stamford New Street or Stamford Square.


Cycle storage and showers for office workers to encourage active travel

As part of this work, we are proposing to improve the access to Stamford Quarter from Stamford New Road. As the image to the left shows, we will introduce steps alongside the existing ramp to ensure convenient access for all. 

Next Steps

Before we submit a planning application, we would like to hear your thoughts. Please complete the feedback form here.

For more information or to request alternative formats, please call 0800 907 8677 (freephone) or email

We are delighted to be able to share our plans to re-purpose the former Rackhams building, as the first phase of regenerating Stamford Quarter.

Trafford Council and Bruntwood Works joined forces to acquire Stamford Quarter and Clarendon House in 2019. A partnership to evolve the Stamford Quarter to reinvigorate the high street and create a liveable neighbourhood.

Earlier this year we launched our long-term vision for Stamford Quarter. Our first step is to re-purpose the former Rackhams building for a mix of office space, retail and leisure use.

These changes require planning approval and before we submit a planning application we would like to know what you think of our plans.