Apartments at TDQ near completion

With build progressing well at The Downs Quarter in Altrincham, the McGoff Group’s latest residential development located on The Downs, a range of 31 one, two and three bedroom apartments will soon be available to move into.

The new build development, worth circa £17.5 million, is really starting to take shape with the McGoff Group now able to confirm a phased approached to practical completion. 

Apartments housed within two buildings, The Place and The Blok, will be ready for occupancy after Easter, with other properties at the development scheduled for completion later this year.

Reside Manchester has been appointed by the McGoff Group to head up the apartment sales at The Downs Quarter.  Following a positive start for the property market so far in 2024, when inflation fell below 4%, mortgage lenders reduced rates with further cuts expected, and house prices on the up, Reside Manchester’s appointment comes at the perfect time.

Rhiannon Durston, Sales & Marketing Director at Reside Manchester, says: “The Downs Quarter is a fantastic scheme nestled away in affluent Altrincham, where demand for apartment living is high due to its award-winning town centre, thriving business scene and close proximity to Manchester city centre.  The market is buoyant right now and with positive news for buyers since the start of the year, we’ve already secured several sales, a testament to the design of the development and its location.  We expect demand to soar in the coming weeks and months as practical completion nears.”

The McGoff Group also worked with Cheadle-based property lender Together, which has a £6.8billion loan book and provided a multi-million pound development finance facility to kick-start the major development scheme in 2022.

Simone Milner, relationship manager for development funding at Together, said: “We were impressed by the vision of the McGoff Group and Consensus and are proud to have been able to play our part in realising their ambitions through providing a finance facility to revive this ambitious scheme out of receivership.

“The development is in an excellent location in the heart of a thriving and affluent market town with great amenities and transport links. It’s fantastic to see The Downs Quarter nearing completion as it will provide much-needed affordable homes, opening doors for people such as first time buyers, families and downsizers.”

The Downs Quarter will deliver three distinctive buildings, each enjoying its own unique style yet designed to blend together and complement the historic charm of the prime town centre setting.

Paul Danks, director at the McGoff Group, adds: “Working with Reside Manchester is already proving to be the right decision with a number of reservations secured to date.  With both inflation and mortgage rates falling, not forgetting practical completion is fast approaching, there has been a surge of interest in the apartments at The Downs Quarter, which is great to see.” Prices for the apartments at The Downs Quarter start from £270,000.  For further information or to request a brochure, please contact Reside Manchester on 0161 837 2840 or visit www.residemanchester.com

On-site start for much-needed fully affordable homes

Work has begun to demolish largely derelict buildings to make way for 80 brand new affordable and sustainable apartments by Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

Southway Housing Trust and McGoff Construction Ltd are working to deliver the scheme which is situated opposite Old Trafford Metrolink station and will be made up of one five-storey and two four-storey apartment blocks.

All the homes will be offered on affordable tenures to meet the needs of first-time buyers and other qualifying households.  Two of the three blocks will provide much-needed affordable rent homes. Apartments in the third block will be available for purchase via shared ownership allowing first time buyers to access a brand-new home that would otherwise be out of reach.  All the flats will have their own balcony or access to outdoor space and there will be communal gardens for the enjoyment of residents. 

Electric car charging points and measures including energy efficient heating and hot water systems will help reduce utility costs for the new apartments and enhance the sustainability of this exciting development.

Victor (Old Trafford) Ltd, a joint venture between Victor at MC Construction and the McGoff Group, submitted a joint application for the scheme with Southway Housing Trust, which was approved at Trafford Council’s Planning Committee in June last year.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has given funding to the project through the Brownfield Housing Fund (BHF) under the government’s Levelling Up programme, and Homes England has provided funding from the Affordable Homes programme.

Representatives from Trafford Council including Cllr Tom Ross, Leader, joined senior leaders from Southway Housing Trust, McGoff Group, Victor, Homes England and GMCA on site to mark this first phase of the development, which is a testament to the collaboration and commitment of all.

Mike Purcell, Development Director, Victor said:

“We are delighted to see our regeneration ambitions, which began in 2016, progress to an on-site project due to the hard work and perseverance of the various parties involved. We look forward to seeing these quality and truly affordable homes take shape.”

Dean Johnston, Group Managing Director, McGoff Construction Services said:

“It’s great to be joined by the other stakeholders on site today to mark the first phase of this exciting and innovative development.  We are looking forward to getting the construction process underway and delivering these much-needed quality homes for the Trafford community.”

Karen Mitchell, Chief Executive of Southway Housing Trust, said:

“We’re really pleased to be working with partners to bring a site which is largely derelict back into use and to be able to provide affordable homes in an area with excellent transport links. Developing homes in that area within the budget of local people can be really challenging, and we’re delighted we can help meet this need in Trafford’s communities. We will continue to look for more opportunities to work with our partners to provide high quality, sustainable and affordable homes for people in housing need.”

Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Advice, said:

“We are delighted to be partners in this exciting project, which is one of a number we’re embarking on in Trafford as part of our commitment to provide more homes across the borough. Getting on the housing ladder is becoming an ever-greater challenge in the current climate but this development aims to make that dream achievable. Added to that, by incorporating energy efficient heating and hot water solutions, these new homes will be more affordable to run while aligning with our corporate priority of addressing the climate crisis.”

Cllr Ged Cooney, GMCA Portfolio Lead for Housing, said:

“The GMCA’s Brownfield Housing Fund is playing an important role, unlocking brownfield land as we work with partners to deliver new housing across Greater Manchester. It’s great to see work begin on another development, one that will provide much-needed affordable, sustainable, and high-quality homes.”

Estimated completion is December 2025.

McGoff Group unveils mixed use development in Herne Bay

The McGoff Group has acquired land in Kent for a mixed-use development, comprising a 67 bed care facility and 49 bungalows.

The four acre site is located directly off Canterbury Road in Herne Bay, which was formerly a derelict site with old and damaged out buildings, often subject to vandalism. 

With a combined build contract of circa £21million, the McGoff Group will now transform the land into a stunning development, retaining part of the existing structure and restoring the façade, bringing an historic part of Herne Bay back to life.  This will be combined with the new build, creating a carefully considered, aesthetically attractive scheme.

The bungalows, aimed at the over 55s, will be sold to private buyers and will be overseen by Downtown Asset Management, the Group’s property management arm of the business.

The care home will be the first in the South for award-winning New Care, also part of the McGoff Group, and will provide outstanding residential, dementia and 24hr nursing care in a luxurious environment.

The build programme will take approximately two years, with several hundred employed over the course of construction.  Approximately 100 jobs will also be created by the care home once open and fully operational.

Chris McGoff, Director at the McGoff Group, comments: “We are thrilled to have acquired this land, bringing the Group’s exceptional development design to Kent.  We are renowned for our residential schemes, all of which deliver luxury homes with additional elements in areas where people want to live, which is exactly what we have planned for Herne Bay.

“Furthermore, the care home will be the first in the South for New Care, who already have 15 well established and highly regarded care facilities across the North West, Midlands and Yorkshire.”

Work on site is due to start imminently, with the McGoff Group also planning a second phase of the development, which will include 72 apartments, in the near future.

McGoff Construction breaks ground in Bowdon

McGoff Construction has officially broken ground on its latest development; a £13m intergenerational scheme on the corner of Langham Road and Marlborough Road in Bowdon, south Manchester.

Located on the site of the former Bowdon Mercure hotel, within the Bowdon Conservation Area, the innovative multigenerational development will feature a purpose-built 51-bed care home and children’s day nursery with approximately 90 places. 

Prior to breaking ground, the company has, in recent weeks, been busy preparing the land for build and overseeing the demolition of much of the hotel.  Two historic buildings have been retained, the Hydro building and Hawthorn Lea villas, which will be incorporated into the pioneering development.

A joint venture with Patrick Properties, it is the second such development for the McGoff Group in Cheshire, building on the success of its first pioneering intergenerational scheme in Lymm that has been successfully operational for more than 12 months, and is close to the company’s headquarters on Altrincham Business Park.

When complete, the development will result in a thriving new hyperlocal community bringing young and old together regularly to spend time in each other’s company which has many proven health, social and wellbeing benefits for all.  It will also result in significant job creation with more than 100 new roles available at the care home and approximately 30 at the nursery.

Group managing director for McGoff Construction Services, Dean Johnston, commented: “We’re delighted to officially get started on site in Bowdon, transforming the derelict hotel site into much needed care facilities for some of the oldest and youngest member of our local community. Following the success of our flagship first intergeneration scheme in Lymm, we have seen first-hand the incredible impact this kind of setting can provide for the local community and are very much looking forward to delivering this in Bowdon.”

Renowned for delivering exceptional residential, nursing, respite and dementia care services in a comfortable and safe environment, the Group’s multi award winning care home provider, New Care, will take responsibility for the care home.  Purpose-built to the highest clinical and design standards, the new care home will feature 51 bedrooms, each with its own private wet room, stylish communal lounges and dining rooms, plus a nail bar, hair salon and landscaped gardens.

The nursery will be operated by Back to the Garden, the Group’s day nursery concept which focuses on child-led natural learning through activity and play.

Other McGoff Group businesses will also be involved in the construction process; Panacea Building Systems will supply the lightweight steel frame, integrated roofing and bespoke drylining installations for the care home and McGoff Group Facilities Services and Edencroft will cover off the passive fire and mechanical and electrical services respectively for both the care home and nursery.

With construction now underway, practical completion for the nursery is due in April 2025 and the care home May 2025.

Representing its ninth deal with the McGoff Group, Puma Property Finance has provided a £13m funding facility for the development with financial advice provided by Alantra.

Generations enjoy festive singalong at Minerva Place in Lymm

Providing all the festive feels, local lady Helen Elliott and her Smiley Tunes Alley Cats Escape choir dropped into Minerva Place to lead a seasonal singalong at Lymm’s innovative multigenerational development.

Members of Helen’s local choir joined residents from Minerva Place, the over 55s retirement apartments on Whitbarrow Road, plus residents from Statham Manor care centre and children from Back to the Garden day nursery, for a feel good festive singalong followed by mince pies, refreshments and mingling.

Delighting all ages with their love of singing, the Alley Cats Escape choir performed a number of new songs plus seasonal favourites and ended with some rousing classic Christmas carols. 

Accompanied by music, the choir delivered its repertoire in an informal and engaging way which actively encouraged spectator interaction and participation.  Residents joined in where they knew the words and the children had a great time moving to the music.

Lifestyle manager at Minerva Place, Helen Murphy, said: “It’s great to be able to bring the different age groups together and we have hosted a number of activities with the care home and day nursery since we opened.

“The magic and traditional celebrations of Christmas provide an extra special reason to bring old and young together and we were delighted to be joined by the Alley Cats for what was a fantastic morning of good cheer.  A wonderful time was had by all with everyone taking part in the carols and really getting into the Christmas spirit.”

Helen Elliott added: “Carols and singing are the essence of Christmas and a really uplifting way to bring individuals of all ages together.  It is our mission to help more people discover the joy and pleasure that singing can bring, and seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces as we sang at Minerva Place today was amazing.”

Established by Helen Elliott in April 2019, Smiley Tunes is a local singing company that encourages everyone to feel the joy and health benefits of singing.  No previous experience is necessary, and the Alley Cats Escape Choir meets every Wednesday during term time in Lymm Village Hall.

Altrincham’s McGoff Group lands £100m turnover

The McGoff Group is on a huge upward trajectory as it hits a landmark turnover of £100million.  Group revenues have been derived through its wholly sustainable approach to development and care provision for both children in their early years and the elderly, often most vulnerable, people within our society.

The Group, which now employs over 1,500 people, seamlessly transitions from site acquisition into exemplary design, expertly navigating the build process and ultimately operating class-leading facilities all under a wellbeing centric family stewardship.

The diverse portfolio and range of activities include early years & elderly care, private & social housing, development, construction, specialist subcontracting, facilities management, residential sales & lettings including all-encompassing professional asset management services.

Over recent years the Group has amassed a valuable portfolio, notably 15 award winning  elderly care facilities operated by New Care, providing excellent residential and dementia care within the most inviting and comfortable settings.

Back to the Garden Childcare is paving the way as a natural child-led children’s day nursery group with settings in Altrincham, Lymm and Bowdon focusing on outdoor learning, natural products and nutritious food.

At the beating heart of the organisation is McGoff Construction, a 50 year old contracting business, alongside Panacea Building Systems, a category 2 MMC approved Metframe installer. McGoff Group Facilities Services (MGFS) provide hard and soft planned and reactive maintenance as well as specialist passive fire and fit out services, whilst EdenCroft the latest addition to the pack, offers specialist Mechanical and Electrical services.

Appreciating the ever-increasing responsibilities bestowed upon landlords of high -rise multi-occupancy buildings post Grenfell, as well as the need to provide luxury hotel style amenities and five star customer experience to an ever more discerning renting cohort, the Group established its own Asset Management Business in 2018.

By bringing this service in house, the Group ensures every building within the portfolio is professionally managed and fully compliant in an ever more stringent environment. Downtown Asset Management (DAM) is a fully accredited Asset Management Business proving a range of services including 24-hour concierge, resident engagement & wellbeing and planned & reactive maintenance, all expertly tailored to ensure residents are kept safe and enthused.

McGoff Group in its 50th year of uninterrupted trading is putting its revered build experience to good use within the residential sector also. Along with multiple care home and mixed use schemes currently under construction, the Group is currently helping service the deficit of public and private homes within our communities with 500 new homes currently in build and hundreds of more homes in the pipeline for next year. The Group’s continued diversification into retirement housing is also moving forward with the acquisition of their first retirement village site in the Southeast to provide 121 units alongside a 67 bed care home.

McGoff’s flagship project is Downtown Victoria North, a Manchester City Centre build to rent development of 237 luxury apartments, located in the historic Angel Meadow district. Downtown Victoria North marks Puma Property Finance’s 11th and largest loan into the Group to date of £50million, emphasising the strength of confidence in the Group’s unique ability to consistently deliver top quality operational real estate.

McGoff have fostered long standing relationships with a number of funders including a host of high street banks, including Allied Irish Bank, Barclays and Virgin Money, institutional funds including such as Aviva, US REITs and boutique lenders such as Beaufort Capital & Octopus. Multiple deals have also been agreed with Housing Growth Partnership, a UK Government initiative backed by Lloyds Bank.

Other exciting opportunities recently secured for the group include a multi-generational scheme in Bowdon comprising a 51 bed care home and 95 place day nursery, a 70 bed care home and 80 retirement apartment scheme in Congleton and a £40m scheme in the Southeast consisting of a 67 bed care home and 121 retirement properties. In addition, McGoff are shortly due to commence on a £16m brownfield regeneration site in Old Trafford Manchester delivering 80 affordable living apartments for Southway Housing Trust.

The Group has been managed and backed by the McGoff family for over 50 years, and is now rather uniquely under the stewardship of a close-knit group of brothers who have demonstrated their commitment to growth plans with substantial levels of private financial backing of over £15m into a number of exciting new projects.

Chairman of McGoff Group Projects; Dave McGoff comments; “McGoff Group are taking self-sustenance to a whole new level within the built environment harvesting our own brown field land, self-delivering low carbon buildings, embracing modern construction techniques whilst providing much needed care and residential provision within communities through our own award-winning operating businesses.

Being able to exercise influence over each phase of the development and operational cycle drives alignment and invariably unlocks previously unviable developments which de -risks the proposition for funders and statutory stakeholders alike.”