Trafford Housing Trust (THT) has announced details of the phased opening of its £20m Limelight Development. The development is opening at Shrewsbury Street in Old Trafford.
Limelight will initially be open to the public on Monday 2 October. This will allow residents to help ‘road test’ the building. Residents will also have an opportunity to give feedback and help shape the way the facilities and services are delivered.
Following this ‘soft opening’ period, the scheme will officially open on Thursday 7 December with a community event from 2pm-8pm attended by local dignitaries, community groups, partners and VIPs.
Renowned author, broadcaster and poet Lemn Sissay will be in attendance. Also coming is Commonwealth Games gold medallist, and CEO of the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, Diane Modahl.
Built on the site of the old Shrewsbury Street Community Centre, Limelight is set to be a unique, community-based facility. It will offer a range of primary healthcare facilities with a library, café, multi-purpose event space, hair and beauty salon and opticians. In addition, Limelight will offer a nursery and services aimed at families and young people. This will make it a truly intergenerational space available to everyone of all ages.
Of these amenities, Old Trafford Library will reopen at Limelight on Monday 2 October. Also opening that week will be the Amaryllis Day Nursery, the new opticians’ practice eyePAD Opticians, Limelight Café and Limelight Hair & Beauty Hub. Two GP practices and a pharmacy will also open later in October.
From 2 October, residents will also be able to start hiring a range of spaces at Limelight which can be used for events, such as weddings, christenings, corporate functions, conferences and exhibitions.
David Teasdale, Limelight Centre Manager, said: “It’s a very exciting time for us, and the fact we’ve got Lemn Sissay and Diane Modahl lined up for the official launch on December 7th is fantastic”.