The start date was confirmed as developer Nikal secured detailed planning permission for Phase One of the 1.8-hectare mixed-use town-centre scheme.
Completion of the first phase, which involves construction of a block of 59 flats opposite the town’s Tesco supermarket, is anticipated in December 2017.
Eric Wright Construction was named main contractor in October 2015. It will do the site clearance work; Hillcrest Homes, which Nikal acquired last year, will build the flats.
Nikal’s Phase One plans for Altair also include a new entrance for Altrincham Ice Rink and a new landscaped pedestrianised area with space for pavement cafés.
Nikal said that it will submit plans for further phases of construction providing more residential and retail space in Altrincham town centre later this year.