In 2013, Trafford Housing Trust was awarded funding by the Homes and Communities Agency to build 80 Extra Care apartments in the Old Trafford area. Working in collaboration with Trafford Council, the Trust took the opportunity to redevelop the Old Community Centre also known as The Library on Shrewsbury Street.
The new Limelight development was designed in two phases; the first phase was to demolish the community centre and to re-site St Brides Church to an empty plot of land on St Brides Way. The Church was completed in 2016 and was officially opened on Mother’s Day 2016.
The second phase of the Limelight development includes 81 Extra Care apartments for older and vulnerable people and a day nursery, pharmacy, hair and beauty hub, café, library, meeting room facilities for hire and health care facilities.
Trafford Housing Trust recognised the importance of engaging the community from the very beginning. A co-production approach was used to involve the community in the planning process through events, street based research and speaking to residents.
Further opportunities for the community to be involved in the decision making process were provided through Design Action Groups, which were set up to monitor, evaluate and make recommendations in the following areas of the new Limelight development: Governance, Social Impact and Added Value, Interior and Landscaping, and Extra Care.
This was just the beginning of the journey. Limelight and the services it provides will change as the community changes and as they continue to develop Limelight’s role in the Old Trafford community.