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Hardy’s Gate, Bury

Regeneration of a former sweet factory to create a mixed use residential-led development.

Alliance acquired a major 380,000 sq ft industrial complex and immediately leased it to Cadbury Schwepps for production of Halls cough sweets.

When the lease expired, the buildings had gone past their economic lifespan and the Environment Agency had advised a flood zone spanning the 27 acre site.

Alliance worked closely with Bury Metropolitan Borough Council to create detailed plans for a mixed use scheme with high quality housing aimed at improving the area for existing residents and businesses.

In partnership with the Environment Agency, Alliance agreed to a river widening strategy which took the site out of the flood zone and duelled as a public open space and seven-acre wildlife wetland habitat.

A three-day public consultation was held, followed up by newsletters to update residents on the plan’s progress and a further final consultation was organised. An overwhelming 96% of attendees voted in favour of the proposal.

A further adjacent building was also acquired to widen the development opportunities.

Plans were submitted and approved for 253 quality homes, commercial office space and light-industrial units as well as seven acres of open public space on the bank of the River Irwell to conserve the natural environment. Highways improvements were also incorporated to create pedestrian crossing facilities and reduce the volume of traffic.


“We acquired a strategic residential development site from Property Alliance Group and found them to be straightforward and pragmatic people to do business with. The site itself suffered from numerous physical constraints and complicated planning issues and together we worked long and hard to achieve a successful outcome for both parties. As vendors and development partners we could not have asked for more and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Bellway Homes, Manchester