Stockport’s transformation gets underway

Stockport’s transformation gets underwayWates 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.”

Wates scoops Redrock development

Wates scoops Redrock developmentStockport Council has announced the appointment of Wates Construction as the main contractor for the development of Redrock Stockport that will boost economic growth.

Built on the site of the current Bridgefield Street Car Park, Redrock Stockport will comprise a ten screen cinema, a new 340 space multi storey car park, restaurants, café bars and retail units totalling over 41,500 sq. ft. with an estimated investment of £45 million.

Wates has been appointed on a two-stage design and build contract following a competitive tender process through the North West Construction Hub.

Cllr Patrick McAuley, Executive Member for Thriving Economy at Stockport Council said: “I’m delighted to announce after a highly competitive procurement process the appointment of Wates Construction as the main contractor for Redrock Stockport.

The quality of all the bids was high which demonstrates the esteem developers see Stockport in these days and we are now looking forward to working with Wates and delivering the project.”

Redrock Stockport is a key part of investing in Stockport the Council’s investment and growth programme that will see multi million pounds invested in the borough over the next 10 years.

Designed by world-class architects BDP with project manager Gardiner & Theobald, preparatory work for the Redrock Stockport has already started in the area, with the main construction likely to start in the autumn 2015. The development is planned to open in Spring 2017.

The cinema will be run by The Light Cinemas Ltd, which has recently opened cinemas in New Brighton, Wisbech Cambridge.

Tony Shenton from Wates Construction North West said: “Our appointment to deliver Redrock is a significant step forward in Stockport Council’s ambitious investment plan, which is set to bring substantial benefit to the city.”

New homes underway in Stockport town centre

Building IndustryWork is underway to build 36 new houses as part of the Covent Garden Urban Village scheme in Stockport that will boost the trades and create new jobs.

The project will be developed by Seddon in partnership with Stockport Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The new homes will be built over four sites, including Hopes Carr, and will comprise a mix of two, three and four bedroom family homes for market sale with off-road parking and gardens.

Two of the sites front onto Churchgate, with another one behind Churchgate House and one behind Watson House / Chapel Studio.

A new highway connecting Waterloo Road with Orchard Street will be constructed as part of the scheme and the cobbled road on Lavender’s Brow will be restored.

Councillor Iain Roberts, Executive Member for Economic Development and Regeneration at Stockport Council, said: “Covent Garden is a pivotal project in the regeneration of Stockport town centre. By bringing more family homes to the town centre, we will improve the area, increase footfall and boost local businesses.

“We’ve made great progress with the completion of 46 homes last year and I look forward to seeing the second phase developing over the next year.”

Adrian Green, Development Director at Seddon, said: “We are delighted to have reached the implementation stage of this next phase of the Hopes Carr regeneration, which represents the culmination of the hard work between ourselves, the HCA and Stockport Council.

“These new homes will bring life and old meets new architecture to the area which will benefit the whole of Stockport Town Centre, and allow further development to take place in the future.”

Deborah McLaughlin, Executive Director for the North West at the HCA, said: “Covent Garden Urban Village is an important project for Stockport, so I’m really pleased to see work starting on phase 2.

“The central aim of the Get Britain Building programme is to deliver new homes in the areas that need them most, so I’m sure that local people will look forward to these homes being completed.”

Council gives the go-ahead to second phase of Stockport Exchange

Council gives the go-ahead to second phase of Stockport ExchangeStockport Council and Muse Developments have today announced the go-ahead for the regeneration of Stockport town centre that will boost the local economy.

The Council will use its borrowing powers to fund the second phase of the Stockport Exchange development that will create new jobs and help the trades.

Muse was appointed by Stockport Council as development partner to deliver the project that will deliver a 50,000 sq ft Grade A office building, 120 bed hotel and create a ‘gateway’ pedestrianised public space opposite the station entrance.

The first phase, including highway improvements and a new 1,000 space multi-storey car park, is currently underway and will be completed by spring next year.

Councillor Iain Roberts, Executive Member for Economic Development and Regeneration at Stockport Council, said: “This scheme will create jobs for local people and vastly improve the town centre for residents, workers, commuters and visitors.”

“Once again we’ve shown our staunch commitment to regeneration by putting our money where our mouth is. The redevelopment of Stockport Exchange is crucial to the success of the town centre and the borough.”

Wes Erlam, senior development surveyor at Muse said: “The Council’s proactive approach will ensure phase two can go ahead and is a great boost to the scheme and to Stockport.  This next phase of development will create a fantastic gateway into the town, resulting in high quality new facilities for both the public and business community.

Prudential borrowing is a loan system with preferential rates which can be used by local authorities to invest in fixed assets. The loan will be used to forward fund the office and hotel developments. The Council has done extensive research and financial modelling to ensure it will be self-financing and in the best interests of, and at no extra cost to, the Council tax-payer.