Thursday, 3 April 2014

Topps Tiles ready for Bury

Work is underway on Topps Tiles new outlet in Bury, Greater Manchester.  The company will occupy 650 square metres of space overlooking Crostons Road, next to B&Q, Safestore and Screwfix.

The former Pendle Designs industrial building is being comprehensively remodelled and refurbished to provide modern space for the business, which provides a range of tiles, hard floor finishes and related products geared towards meeting the needs of the trade sector and competent DIY'ers.

The development is being undertaken by Jeremy Buckley Property, with planning advice provided by MAZE Planning Solutions and acquisition and letting work undertaken by Nolan Redshaw Chartered Surveyors.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Standish Foodstore Approved

MAZE Planning Solutions has secured Planning Permission and Conservation Area Consent for a foodstore development in central Standish.

Wigan Borough Council's approval enables the development of a 2,618 square metre (28,470 square feet) supermarket on the site fronting the A49 High Street, owned and occupied by Noel Chadwick Ltd.

The applications were submitted to the Council in July 2013, following public consultation in February and March of that year and pre-application discussions with Planning Officers which commenced in June 2011.

The site will be cleared to make way for a new, high quality, stone-faced building, served by a 150 space car park with direct access from High Street.

MAZE led a bespoke professional team for the application work, with significant contributions made by:
Nolan Redshaw Chartered Surveyors
Ratcliffe Groves Partnership Architects
Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture
Croft Transport Solutions
Urban Green
Ribble Ecology
Hepworth Acoustics
Betts Associates Geo Environmental
Utilities Connections Management Ltd
GEM Air Quality Ltd
Napthens Solicitors

Monday, 10 February 2014

Iceland sign up at New Brighton

Iceland Foods has signed a 15 year lease on 570sqm of space at Neptune Developments' scheme at Marine Point scheme on the Wirral peninsula.

The move follows the recent grant of planning permission to amend the original consent necessary to enable Iceland to trade from the site. MAZE Planning Solutions provided specialist retail advice for the planning application, which was submitted by Roman Summer Associates.   

Iceland is fitting out and will open on 4 March.  Neptune has also announced that Pizza Express has signed a 25 year lease and will also open soon.

The waterfront regeneration scheme at New Brighton provides over 20,000 square metres of retail, leisure and hotel floor space.  The tenant line up includes Morrisons, Grosvenor Casino, The Light cinema, Travelodge, Green King, Prezzo, Starbucks, La Tasca, Chimichanga and Loungers.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Golf Course approved at Leisure Lakes

West Lancashire Council unanimously approved proposals for a new 18 hole golf course at Leisure Lakes on 12 December.

The course has been designed to integrate with the existing landscape of drainage ditches and hedgerows and will provide significant gains for local ecology, especially a resident water vole community. 

The 18 hole course will add to an existing 9 hole course and driving range facilities at the leisure park situated near Tarleton, Lancashire.

MAZE Planning Solutions advised Leisure Lakes on the scheme, with specialist support provided by Planning & Landscape Associates, Waterco, ERAP and Apex Plans & Surveys.

The planning permission will be formally granted following completion of a legal agreement securing a £20,000 contribution to fund the improvement of local public transport infrastructure.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

MAZE - the first decade

MAZE Planning Solutions is marking 10 years in business this month, reflecting on a busy and tumultuous period for the property industry.

Thank you to everyone who has played a part in helping the business reach this milestone as we look forward to the next 10 years with equal relish and enthusiasm.

The first 10 MAZE projects - a quick run through the filing cabinet in late 2003 and where the schemes ended up:

001 - Red City, Salford: providing retail impact work for what is now Salford City Stadium and associated retail warehouse development at Barton. The retail element is yet to be built.

002 - West Bowling, Bradford: a B&Q Warehouse store to kick start a major business park development for Landmark Development Projects.  Bradford Council liked it but the Secretary of State had other ideas and refused planning permission after a call-in inquiry.  The site is now home to Prologis Park, anchored by M&S's enourmous distribution warehouse.

003 - Electric Park, Trafford Park, Manchester: a major employment regeneration scheme for Green Property, now home to Kellogg's 35,000 square metre distribution warehouse and L'Oreal amongst others.

004 - Durham City Retail Park: a 20,000 square metre retail warehouse, restaurant and car showroom scheme for Consolidated Property Group, secured after a lengthy multi-party call-in inquiry.  The scheme was up and running soon after approval, with B&Q anchoring. 

005 - Chester Road, Manchester: an ambitious Ian Simpson designed glass-clad apartment scheme providing 90 units in the Castlefield basin, promoted for Sterling Capitol. Approved at the same planning committee as the nearby Deansgate Tower, but ultimately confined to the drawing board.  The site was sold on and remains vacant today. 

006 - St Anne Street, Liverpool: another 90 unit inner city apartment scheme, which this time failed to impress the City Planners, concerned about scale and density. The site remains in industrial use.

007 - Thornaby District Centre, Stockton-On-Tees: £30m town centre transformation project for Thornfield Developments and Stockton Council, approved and built before Thornfield's demise and now occupied by Home Bargains, Wilkinson and others.

008 - New Road, Crook: 57 houses and 1400sqm of office space for Wolff Developments to replace ageing warehouse and factory premises and provide access to a landlocked employment development allocation.  Housing now built and sold. 

009 - Dunnings Bridge Road, Bootle: working with JMP Consultants on behalf of the Highways Agency to appraise Ikea's proposals for its first Merseyside store.  Ikea pulled the plug in December 2005 when the Secretary of State intervened in Sefton Council's decision to grant planning permission.

010 - Altrincham Town Centre: working as part of the Sterling Capitol team to win and then almost immediately lose preferred developer status for regeneration of land at Oakfield Road after political wrangling at Trafford Council caused havoc. Now under Nikal's control the 'Altrair' scheme has recently been reinvigorated and looks set to progress.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Bromley Cross foodstore unveiled

MAZE Planning Solutions has submitted a detailed planning application to Bolton Council today (7 November) for a retail and office development in Bromley Cross. 

The application has been made on behalf of the landowner, CW Construction (North West) Ltd, and proposes redevelopment of the vacant former Green Bengal restaurant on Darwen Road.
The anchor foodstore has been designed in conjunction with Sainsbury's and the scheme also includes further unit shops as an expansion of the established Bromley Cross local shopping centre.
The new buildings will be constructed in natural stone and materials reclaimed from the existing building will be used to form boundary walls and other hard landscaping elements.  

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Caffe Nero and Carphone Warehouse open in Malvern

Caffe Nero and Carphone Warehouse are now open at Malvern Shopping Park, occupying a new building next to Marks & Spencer. 

The Caffe Nero space includes a terrace with 40 seats, high quality internal fit out and eye-catching external graphics to enliven the gable wall.

Maze Planning Solutions secured planning permission for the development in January 2013, acting for the retail park owner CPG South Ltd, a Consolidated Property Group company.

Ratcliffe Groves Partnership designed the building and Savills acted for CPG to secure the lettings and are managing agents for the development.