Located within the Ashton conservation area, this blighted suburban district has a number of significant Victorian buildings situated around a distinctive historical grid of blocks. Working within a deprived socio-economic area, Aedas and developer ASK proposed a masterplan for regeneration that re-established the grid and introduced a series of walkable public spaces, for Tameside MBC. The brief was to create a vibrant commercial district to stem the flow of business occupiers from the town centre.
Complementary activities include community retail, the conversion of Ashton Baths into a hotel and residential units. Active consultation was undertaken with English Partnerships, NWDA and English Heritage, to breathe new life into the west end of the town centre, linked to the extension of Manchester’s Metrolink tram system. This ambitious vision aims to reverse the process of decline that has blighted Ashton since the 1960’s, providing a renewed economic engine for the area and facilitating a positive and sustainable future. The first phase of buildings by Aedas is currently in development.