Wates Construction has begun building work with a ground breaking ceremony on Stockport Council’s major £1 billion investment programme that will create new jobs.
Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive of Stockport Council, joined Wates and Keith Pullinger from The Light Cinema on site to mark the start of construction work, which is also set to create extensive training and employment opportunities for local people.
Also forming part of the scheme will be Pizza Express and Zizzi restaurants, which the Council announced as its flagship restaurant tenants in March this year.
The new development forms a significant part of Stockport Council’s ‘Investing in Stockport’ programme, which is taking place across the town centre and the borough, fulfilling a vision to further enhance its appeal as a thriving place to live, work and visit.
Throughout the project, Wates and Stockport Council have made a joint pledge to ensure that local SMEs are engaged in the build and that on-site training and employment opportunities are created.
Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive at Stockport Council said: “I am thrilled that we have reached this landmark stage on Redrock Stockport, and that our vision of transforming this area of the town centre is becoming a reality.”
Tony Shenton, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction, North West, said: “There is an anticipation growing for Redrock Stockport and for good reason; it is going to become a great asset for the town, the economic benefits of which will keep on building.
“As with all of our projects, employing a local supply chain will be a key part of our delivery of Redrock Stockport, as will our ongoing engagement with and support of neighbouring businesses.”