11 March 2020
Cityheart and Rise Homes appointed as the delivery partner for Stockport’s transformational new residential scheme.
Eye-catching plans for a modern transport interchange and residential development in Stockport town centre have taken a step closer with the appointment of a contractor and delivery partner. As part of the scheme, development partner Cityheart/Rise Homes will play a leading role alongside public sector partners in taking forward a residential building off Daw Bank with up to 200 apartments and associated car parking, offering further attractive high-quality living space in the town centre.
Wilmott Dixon has been appointed to help develop first stage proposals for the multi-million-pound interchange development, which includes a striking rooftop park, and a cycle- and foot-bridge linking the development with the town’s railway station. Located alongside the A6 and Mersey Square, the scheme forms a key part of the wider £1 billion regeneration of the town centre.
The interchange will have twenty bus stands, a fully accessible, covered passenger concourse with seated waiting areas, bus and train travel information screens, a Travelshop for tickets and travel advice, CCTV coverage, baby changing facilities and a ‘Changing Places’ toilet.
The transport hub will be connected to the A6 by a lift, which will also open out onto the new, two-acre public park on the roof of the interchange building, next to the residential block. Accessible directly from the A6, the park will bring much-needed green space to the town centre. A new cycle and foot-bridge linking the development and railway station, together with the new park, will improve walking and cycling routes through Stockport and to the Trans Pennine Trail.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “Stockport already has first class transport connections and this development will bring together bus, rail and cycling and walking – and hopefully, in the future, Metrolink – to make the town centre a showcase for truly sustainable transport links.”
“The interchange development is just part of wider plans to revitalise Stockport and act as a blueprint for further town centre regenerations across Greater Manchester. Developments like Stockport Exchange and Redrock have already put the town on the map as a great place to live, work in and visit, and the pioneering Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation will continue to blaze the trail for low-carbon living and sustainability.”
TfGM’s Head of Operations, Alex Cropper, added: “We’ve delivered an impressive array of modern interchanges over the last decade, but this is one of the most striking transport projects we’ve taken forward in a local town centre. I’m delighted to have Willmott Dixon on board for this ground-breaking transformation of Stockport’s bus station, right next door to new opportunities for town centre living being taken forward by Cityheart/Rise Homes.”
Warren Taylor from Cityheart and Nigel Rawlings from Rise Homes commented “We are delighted to have been chosen to be working with our public sector partners on this transformational and catalytic scheme. Following the success of the nearby Mailbox residential project we look forward to providing more high quality homes in Stockport. We are very excited to be involved with such an important and transformational scheme right in the heart of the Town. As local residents we are looking forward to getting this scheme underway and completed as soon as possible, helping to provide an important new place and destination in the heart of Stockport”
Planning permission for the scheme was granted in March 2019. Since then, a more sustainable route has been developed that will link the new interchange to the railway station, following the contours of the landscape and providing open vista views of the iconic viaduct. A public consultation on these “Bridgescape” plans will take place from 9 March through to 29 March. Full details can be found by visiting Stockport Council’s website.
Construction of the new interchange scheme will start in early 2021, with completion estimated for 2023. The residential development is expected to open in 2024.
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Notes to Editors
Stockport’s new multi-million pound transport hub, park and residential scheme is being delivered through a ‘two stage’ tender approach. This first stage will involve design development and construction planning.
This will result in finalised proposals for each of the Interchange works and the residential works before the second stage period of detailed design and construction starts in 2021.
Funding is being sought from Transport for Greater Manchester, Stockport Council, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and central government.
Cityheart are national development company based in the North West who specialise in working with the public sector.
Rise Homes Limited are a build to rent housing company specialising in high-quality but good value for money homes.