With such a spectacular structure, with so much history it d be a shame to see it developed into houses, but this is, naturally, an alternative thats much, much better than simply letting it rot away.
Personally I d like for the concept of turning it back into a hotel and club to be analyzed even more– if its done right it d be a huge success– especially being so near Manchester Uniteds ground, and with all of the brand-new tourist attractions coming to Trafford in the coming years– will be perfect positioned for travelers and visitors.This material was initially released here.
This week saw an application submitted to Trafford Council from a Bolton company– Food & & Tipple Ltd– to change the club into 15 houses and to then construct a block of 20 apartments along with it. The application says:
” This application likewise looks for approval for a new domestic block to be built within the website, nearby to the existing structure.”
” Such a relocation might help to safeguard the future of this structure through delicate repair work and an end to its dereliction.”
Throughout the next couple of years, over 500 homes were constructed in the village, as well as churches and schools– all developed to the American grid system with numbered streets and opportunities– a feature which still exists today. The town became a proper community for the workers, with the pub and hotel the beating heart standing right in the centre of all of it.
After a hard day of graft in the factories, employees would pop into the bar for a couple of pints of ale, a chat with their chums and possibly a little bit of a bust up, all prepared to go back home and into bed– prepared for work at some ungodly time a couple of hours later.
Anyone whos known me for longer than 10 minutes will understand that I used to operate at the Trafford Centre. I d take the 250 bus from town and each time it drove previous The Trafford Park Hotel I d inform myself– “Remember to stroll here one day and appear for a pint”.
It was the large size of the important things that impressed me most of all. At 3 floors high, plus some Russian Onion Dome-esque ornamental design on top, this thing was massive, most likely the biggest pub Ive ever seen and Ive been in a reasonable few in my life.
Opened back in 1902, it was situated right in the heart of Trafford Park Village, a purpose-built housing estate for the workers of the purpose-built Trafford Park Industrial Estate– the only one worldwide at the time.
In 2009 the bar closed its doors for the extremely last time, and given that then its stood derelict and unfortunate. Many of its windows have actually been smashed in, and it was in fact at one point used as a cannabis farm by some entrepreneaural squatters, but even theyve gone now too.
The structure went to auction in 2017 and it took THREE HOURS for the entire thing to be over. After 250 quotes in overall, the Grade-II noted building offered for ₤ 900,000 to Ashley Hotels, who wanted to breathe life back into the website with a swanky new hotel.
I check out someplace that the guyss toilets in here, the downstairs ones, were really the largest mens toilets of any pub in the entire world. If anybody can assist with that– let me know.
The building went to auction in 2017 and it took THREE HOURS for the entire thing to be over. After 250 quotes in total, the Grade-II noted building sold for ₤ 900,000 to Ashley Hotels, who wanted to breathe life back into the website with a swanky new hotel. They sold it Property Hub for ₤ 825,000 in September 2020, who then obviously sold it once again to its current owners.
I read somewhere that the mens toilets in here, the downstairs ones, were in fact the largest guyss toilets of any club in the entire world. I cant find that tidbit of info any longer, and so it remains unverified. If anybody can aid with that– let me know.
By the time I was passing by on the 250 bus though, the club and hotel was well past its magnificence years and things were winding down.
A shell of its previous glory, the village that sustained its existence for numerous years was long gone, and despite the fact that the commercial estate is still the biggest in Europe– nobody desires to live there any more. Not when they can simply drive into work rather.
Of course, any or all decisions made on the Trafford Park Hotel would be great for it, as its currently just slowly decaying away in the Manchester drizzle. If the building is to be turned into houses though, one cant help thinking that its an enormous shame that its not going to be used for its original function.
I for one would not want to live right in the middle of Trafford Park Industrial Estate, and cant see the attraction houses in that area. Similar issues have been raised by others, including Tim Field, Pub Protection Officer for Trafford and Hulme CAMRA, discussed:
” While Trafford and Hulme CAMRA supports the retention and reuse of this historic, Grade-II listed building, it would like to see the expediency of its reuse as a hotel explored further and therefore challenge this application.”