Partington Village

Communities & Regeneraton


Partington Village

A mixed use development comprising retail, housing and public realm improvements.

Key Info

Project Theme
Communities & Regeneraton
Local Enterprise Partnership
Greater Manchester
Project Status
Local Authority
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council
Key Sector
Retail, Leisure, Service & Residential


To Date


Capital investment



Capital investment



Capital investment


Michael Nutall

A state-of-the-art paper mill including a dedicated Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant

Peel Environmental (part of Peel L&P) provided a property solution and supported SAICA’s entry into the UK paper market. The Partington development was £290m of inward investment that create 200 jobs. The site was cleared in 2009 and the mill became operational in January 2012.

The SAICA paper mill has a giant state-of-the-art papermaking machine at its heart and includes a recovered fibre storage centre and energy plant. It is operated by a skilled workforce to produce high-quality papers, which can be converted into advanced packaging. When fully operational, the mill is capable of producing around 450,000 tonnes of paper per year. It started operations in January 2012 and was officially opened in April 2013.

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Our Story

Sophie Mahon


“It solidifies a moment in time”

Artist Sophie Mahon was born in Partington, Greater Manchester and spent her formative years there. After studying at Nottingham Trent University, she has returned to make a permanent mark on her home town.

Since graduating, Sophie has carved her niche in community arts projects. She took on her most ambitious project to date when Peel commissioned her to create a 40ft bronze sculpture to adorn Partington’s new shopping centre, as part of its regeneration commitment to the area.

"Growing up in Partington, the town centre went from a thriving, independent market place to boarded-up shops with just a single cash machine, which would regularly break. For a town of over 8,000 people it was pretty shocking. There was very little provision for the community and it had a huge impact on the area."

"The recent regeneration has significantly improved the area and restored some pride back into the town. Though Partington still gets a lot of flack, which I find unfair. The area has its problems, like many others, but the strength and closeness of the community really is something special. I think the investment that has been put into the town has made a massive difference to how people view the area and I look forward to seeing this develop. “It’s been incredibly exciting for me to create such a landmark piece of art in my home town. Since the sense of community is so strong here, it was important to get as many locals as possible involved in the project. I’ve taken casts of over 600 hands – from a nine-month-old baby, to Dolly, who at 101 is the oldest person in the town. I’ve visited support groups, nurseries, toddler groups, schools and care homes to engage the community and have particularly enjoyed working with people who might not normally get involved with projects like this. “For me, the project has gone above and beyond creating a piece of art. It solidifies a moment in time, allowing the people of this town to quite literally make their mark. “It’s great that Peel has supported the arts in this way and it has inspired me to run more projects like this in the town where young and old can create and engage in art. The Arts Council has recognised Partington as a ‘cold spot’ for the arts and I plan to help change that".