AMEC Stayley Announces 20M Leisure Phase at Ashton Moss

09/05/2002


Manchester, United Kingdom (25th March 2002) - AMEC Developments and Stayley have announced the start of their £20M leisure development at Ashton Moss, Ashton under Lyne, Greater Manchester.

Phase 1 of the scheme provides East Manchester with its biggest new cinema, a 14 screen multiplex for Cine UK which together with a Hollywood Bowl (29,000 sq ft), Frankie & Benny's Restaurant (3,500 sq ft), KFC (2,890 sq ft) and Burger King (2,750 sq ft) means over 85% of the first phase is already pre-let. Construction will start June 2002 with a target opening date for the new development of August 2003.

In addition to the pre-let units, the joint agents, King Sturge, Cheetham & Mortimer and Cordingleys, are dealing with the marketing of two further restaurants and a leisure/restaurant unit. Phase 2 of the scheme will include a 25,000 sq ft Health & Fitness Club and an additional 80,000 sq ft of further leisure uses.

Ashton Moss Leisure Park forms part of the 1.1m sq ft Ashton Moss development on Junction 23 of the M60 and includes a 115,000 sq ft retail development anchored by J Sainsburys, industrial and distribution space, a hotel and car showrooms. The development also funds a major new road for Ashton, the Ashton Bypass, which will both relieve congestion in the town centre but also give immediate access to the Leisure Park from Ashton Town Centre and is the route of the proposed LRT (Metrolink) to Manchester.

Roger Wheeldon, Senior Development Surveyor, AMEC Developments, commented "AMEC and Stayley are very pleased to announce the start of East Manchester's largest leisure scheme, providing a state-of-the-art cinema in a part of the city which has long been under provided for. With purpose built new facilities, such as the cinema, together with the Hollywood Bowl and Restaurants, these signings will create a fantastic facility for Ashton, Oldham and surrounding areas. Due to being located on the very edge of Ashton Town Centre, access to Ashton Moss will be provided by the new Ashton Northern Bypass and in the not too distant future by the LRT (Metrolink) with a dedicated station at the Leisure Park.

Together with the Sainsburys and other planned major commercial developments, Ashton Moss is delivering large investments in Tameside, creating over three thousands new jobs for local people."

Mark Barnes, Partner, King Sturge, Retail, commented: "The quality of the location at Ashton Moss, both in terms of accessibility to the M60 and the substantial population of East Manchester, makes this a very exciting scheme to be involved with. This is reinforced by the majority of the scheme being pre-let prior to commencement of construction, including the provision of a new cinema to serve this area with a high catchment population. "

Contacts:

Lisa Morton / Shane Watson, Roland Dransfield PR
Tel: +44 (0)161 236 1122

Susan Brown / Roger Wheeldon, AMEC Developments
Tel: +44 (0)161 236 1122

Note to editors:

Ashton Moss will include:

  • 102,193 sq m (1.1 million sq ft) of industrial and distribution space
  • 18,115 sq m (195,000 sq ft) of leisure and entertainment facilities
  • A 150 bed hotel and public house
  • 10,684 sq m (115,000 sq ft) of retail space, food and non-food
  • 9,290 sq m (100,000 sq ft) of offices (subject to planning)
  • Major infrastructure investment into the Ashton Northern Bypass
  • New bus routes to serve Ashton town centre and Ashton Moss

Background:

  • First initial tenant secured for the retail phase is Sainsbury's, whose 7,246 sq m (78,000 sq ft) superstore is due for completion in summer 2002.
  • Ashton Moss is accessed by the Ashton Northern Bypass, which will create a new gateway into Ashton Town Centre. Ease of access has been an important consideration in drawing up the proposals and Ashton Moss will provide a fully integrated transport system to tie into the new Metrolink.
  • Alexandria enjoys frontage to the A635 Manchester Road, the Ashton Northern Bypass and M60.
  • Units at the scheme will be available either by way of outright purchase or on standard institutional lease terms.

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