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Trafford apartments to be built underground

Trafford apartments to be built underground

Two apartments in Sale have been given planning permission to be constructed beneath the ground.


The apartments will be located underground at Boothroyd House, a 19th century mansion of historic interest. The Victorian building has now been turned into a group of flats, and a house built in a gateway style was to be added, but planners did not want to block the view of Boothroyd House. As an alternative, the two underground flats will be built with insulation and underfloor heating throughout.

The apartments will be shaped like a letter ‘C’ with an open plan lounge and kitchen, along with two bedrooms which will both be en-suite. The staircases and light-wells to the apartments will be enclosed by glass balustrades.


Councillor Rob Chilton spoke of the ingenuity of the applicant Guy Middlebrook from High Cross Construction. The apartments will have high levels of insulation, with underfloor heating and a system to recover heat. Following the rejection of proposals to build a house in the style of a gateway, Middlebrook decided to build two apartments and lower them into their foundations. Each apartment will have a grass roof. He added:

“All this was based on a photo of an Italian themed formal garden, they line up with the entrance and will have topiary, small hedges and a stone fountain.”

The work on the project is due to start within the next couple of months, now that planning permission has been granted. Underfloor heating is becoming increasingly popular in both new builds and renovations, recognised for its low cost and minimal energy consumption.