Work creating a new direct link road bridge across the River Mersey has begun in Stockport town centre.
Linking Swaine Street with Astley Street, just east of Stockport viaduct, the new 38 metre Mersey Bridge will provide a two-way link for buses, taxis, cyclists and pedestrians between the A6 and the planned transport interchange via Heaton Lane, making it easier for passengers to change between different stages of their journeys.
Funded as part of the Greater Manchester Growth Deal programme, the bridge is the first stage of preparatory works for the town centre’s new transport interchange.
Having successfully won the bridge contract last year, construction firm Osborne has now begun work on-site. Over the coming months the contractor will be carrying out ground investigation, excavations and piling of foundations ahead of the bridge’s steel beams being lifted into place and the construction of the bridge itself.
Phase 2 of Stockport Exchange has been voted as the Commercial Development of the year. RICS judges said the buildings have rejuvenated a tired and under-used leisure scheme into an attractive and vibrant new commercial quarter, and brought employment to over 250 people.
Proposals by developer Lane End to convert the Battersby Hat Works in Offerton into 144 homes have been granted planning permission by Stockport Council.
The project on what is currently known as Offerton Industrial Estate includes the demolition of several industrial buildings and the redevelopment of two larger buildings on the site, fronting Hempshaw Lane.
The former hat works will be converted into 45 homes, including 16 apartments, 15 houses, and 13 mews homes, while a feature water tower will also be retained. There will also be 99 new-build homes, with a mix of 48 two-beds, 33 three-beds, and 11-four beds, alongside seven two-bed mews houses.
Working in partnership with housing association Stockport Homes, 55 of the houses will be brought forward for market sale, while 79 will be for shared ownership and 10 will be for affordable rent..
More great news as Stockport is ranked as the fastest growing economy in the North West, once again highlighting our town’s position as a leading business location.
The UK Powerhouse study is produced by Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr). It provides an estimate of GVA growth and job creation within 45 of the UK’s largest cities 12 months ahead of the Government’s official figures. The latest report revealed that Stockport was the top location in the North West in terms of GVA growth during the last quarter of 2017. In contrast, Manchester and Greater Manchester recorded GVA growth rates of 1.2%, while Liverpool only registered growth of 0.7%.
The study also considered the future prospects for all of the major conurbations in the UK, with Stockport expected to once again register growth of 1.3% .
The vision of creating a new rapid transit bus scheme between Stockport and Manchester Airport moved a step closer, as the funding to further develop the proposals has been secured from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund.
Working in partnership, Stockport Council, Cheshire East Council, Manchester City Council, Manchester Airport Group, Transport for Greater Manchester and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority have a shared vision to create a new fast and frequent rapid bus service for residents and businesses between their homes and key employment locations.
Improving connectivity by public transport between Stockport and Manchester Airport, the proposed service would use current and new links to provide a reliable alternative to car travel for commuters, helping reduce congestion on our roads, whilst also improving our air quality.
Within the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund are monies to support the delivery of major transport projects that tackle key challenges. Working together, Stockport Council and its partners submitted a joint first stage bid and have been successfully awarded funding and support to develop proposals for the project further.
Over the coming months, we will work with the Government to develop a full business case for the rapid transit service, including all of the benefits this will create for residents and businesses. This will be submitted to Government this autumn ahead of a decision being made about which of the 44 bidding projects will be granted funding.
Caroline Simpson, Corporate Director for Place at Stockport Council, said: “The delivery of rapid transit bus in Stockport is just one element of the wider programme of investment in the borough’s transport infrastructure, which is vital to address congestion on our roads, improve local air quality, and strengthen Stockport’s position as a great place to live, work and invest.
“This announcement by the Government is good news, and we will continue to work closely with our neighbours in Cheshire East and Manchester to push forward with the proposals.”
Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said “We have worked closely with Stockport on this bid and its success demonstrates the importance of cross-boundary working.
“We are very pleased that our bid has had success in the first round. The proposals have the potential to deliver public transport improvements in the north of the borough, especially in the Wilmslow/Handforth area and our links to the airport.
“We will look to make sure that new developments, such as the garden village at Handforth will be integrated into these proposals, maximising the opportunities for sustainable travel.
“The council will continue to work closely with our neighbouring authorities as these proposals develop.”
The property, which was formerly the Olde Woolpack Pub, is situated adjacent to Junction1 of the M60 Motorway at Brinksway (A560), opposite The Pyramid Office Building and within five minutes walk of Stockport town centre.
On the market with a Guide Price of £265,000, it has the potential to be a good commercial to residential investment, subject to the correct planning and permissions.
Click here to see the property in more detail on the selling agent, Impey & Co’s, website…
The very exciting and long anticipated ‘Coven Garden’ scheme is now well underway. Situated in a prime Town Centre location, the 9.4m scheme of 74 houses will revitalise the London Square area and is expected to unlock the potential of the area and surrounding properties, thanks to its proximity to Stockport town centre.
You can read the full update from Stockport Council’s website here…
Visitors have yet another reason to head to Redrock as The Gym opened their doors. Offering access to the latest fitness equipment and exercise classes 24/7 The Gym is a fantastic addition to Redrock, where members can easily fit their work outs around their busy lifestyles.
Redrock has quickly established itself as one of the North West’s leading leisure destinations with over 11,000 people a week visiting to enjoy watching a film or a meal with family and friends since it opened. The Gym is the latest name to join the growing line up which already boasts The Light Cinema, Berretto Lounge, Zizzi and PizzaExpress with more to open soon.
The Gym’s opening comes just two weeks after dessert restaurant Creams came to Stockport. Serving waffles, crepes, shakes, sundaes and cakes from their newest store opposite The Light Cinema, Creams is already doing a roaring trade and proving very popular with visitors.
Both openings have created many new jobs for local residents who are at the heart of the investment work taking place.
“I’m delighted to welcome The Gym to Redrock, I’m sure they’ll have a great future in Stockport. It’s also great to see so many new shops and businesses choosing to open in Stockport town centre. An exciting transformation is underway in our town centre, making it an even more popular and vibrant place to visit, live and work,” commented Caroline Simpson, Corporate Director for Place at Stockport Council.
With free parking available for everyone after 6pm in Redrock’s 360 space multi-storey car park getting to Redrock and parking there couldn’t be easier. Visitors going to The Gym or to watch a film at The Light Cinema can park for free any time of the day free by validating their ticket.
You can find out all about what’s on offer at Redrock Stockport, opening times and the latest offers visit www.redrockstockport.co.uk
From next week the bikes will be available to Stockport residents, in response to high demand for the scheme since it launched in Greater Manchester last year. Starting 12th March, an initial 200 Mobikes will be available in Stockport, gradually increasing to 1000, as the scheme develops. Stockport will initially host 15 approved Mobike Preferred Locations (MPLs) in strategic hubs across the area. This will allow people living in Manchester, Salford and Stockport, to cycle more easily to and from the different areas.
Mobike’s expansion follows the publication in February of a report by Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner, Chris Boardman, asking Mayor Andy Burnham for a £1.5bn spending to make the region one of the best places in the world to cycle and walk.
The report also asks that more than 700 miles of safe cycle lanes be produced over the 10 next years, and that the streets’ design be changed to make them safer for cyclists.