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Residential conversion planned for Stockports Wellesley House

It has been reported in Place, North West that Wellesley House is set to be converted in to residential accommodation.

Wellesley House, a prominent 46,000 sq ft office block in Stockport town centre, could be converted into 77 apartments under plans put forward by developer Mandale Homes.

The seven-storey office block fronts the A6 and sits around 500m from the Merseyway shopping centre, and is also near Junction 1 of the M60.

Former tenants include a Job Centre on the ground floor, and the Department for Work & Pensions, but the building is now largely empty. Space on the seventh floor was previously marketed by consultancy Hallams.

Mandale Homes is proposing to convert the building into a mix of 51 one-bed flats and 26 two-beds. Existing access from both Laurel Street and the A6 will be retained, as will the building’s existing 83 car parking spaces, and cycle parking will be added. The professional team includes TPS as transport consultant. The developer, Mandale, is based in Stockton-on-Tees.

Office-to-residential projects have become increasing prevalent in Greater Manchester in the last 12 months, particularly around Old Trafford where a number of lower-grade office buildings are being converted into apartments or student accommodation.

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Stockport College outlines plan for campus overhaul

A planning application has been submitted for a £24m overhaul of Stockport College’s campus on the A6, with a team including contractor Wates, planner Indigo, and architect Project3 aiming to complete the development by December 2020.

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Stockport Operatic Society presents Me and My Girl at the Plaza between the 16th and 20th October!

After their successful production of “Oklahoma! in 2017 Stockport Operatic Society are pleased to present the wonderful comedy musical “Me and My Girl” live on stage at the Plaza. With music by Noel Gay and book revisions by Stephen Fry this amateur production is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

You will love the songs like The Lambeth Walk, Once You Lose Your Heart, Love Makes the World Go Around, The Sun Has Got His Hat On – as well as  Leaning on a Lamp Post and the title song Me and My Girl.

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Giant Leap Forward for Stockport Frogs

A unique Art Trail featuring 30 giant Stockport frogsis being billed as a giant ‘leap’ forward for Stockport and will be hopping in to the town centre next June.

Read more here on the Totally Stockport website

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Porsche car dealership planned for Stockport

Car dealer Pendragon Group has outlined proposals to build a 34,500 sq ft Porsche dealership and preparation facility on a plot of land off Marsland Steet, alongside the M60 and the town’s Tesco Extra.

Designed by architect Unwin Jones Partnership, the development is split over two sites: the larger site directly alongside the M60 will feature a sales area and dealership, which will be supported by a vehicle preparation facility in a separate building, opposite Tesco and bordered by the River Tame.

Both sites are currently vacant.

The main showroom, split over two levels and measuring around 26,500 sq ft, will feature a workshop, customer areas, a reception and admin office, along with around 40 car parking spaces for customers.

The smaller preparation facility of 8,000 sq ft includes vehicles servicing and repair bays as well as a compound with room for around 240 vehicles. Access to both will be via Marsland Street, via Great Portwood Street. Zerum is planner for the scheme.

If approved, the dealership will be the second major development of its type to be brought forward in Stockport, following a £60m Mercedes-Benz showroom which is being built alongside the M60 on the approach into the town centre.

Elsewhere in the North West, a 43,000 sq ft Porsche centre is also set to open in Preston next year. This is currently being built by Warden Construction.

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Gin Jamboree on at Stockport Town Hall next Friday, the 28th September

With up to 150 different Gins and hundreds of tonic/garnish combinations to try out in search of your new favourite. This is an event far too good to miss!

The ticket price includes a proper gin ‘fish bowl’ glass to take home after the supper and a G&T on us! Then, at the Jamboree, ‘Token Cards’ can be purchased and stamped for each Gin & Tonic with half measure tasters also available (similar format to a Beer Festival!).

Tickets £20.00, with no booking fee (and include supper, one gin and tonic and a Gin ‘fish bowl’ glass to take home!).

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Wates wins £16m Stockport college revamp

Wates Construction has been appointed to carry out a £16m overhaul of Stockport College’s Wellington Road Campus.

The newly formed Trafford College Group is behind the plan to create a new campus experience.

Work includes the creation of a new courtyard, improved pedestrian routes and campus access, a new visitor entrance, the modernisation of existing buildings and the construction of a new Business Centre.

The redevelopment forms part of the merging of Stockport College and Trafford College, which will see both colleges retain their existing names and campus sites while growing their role as a hub for learning in their local community.

Designed by Project 3 Architects, the regenerated campus will include a striking colonnade fronting the reception and performing arts building to create a feature entrance.

A two-storey glazed ‘street’ will provide a light and airy walkway and relaxation area connecting the reception to the art workshops.

Wates secured the project through the North West Construction Hub.

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humble brag alert – a stunning apartment let in 6 hours and i want to share the journey of this property with you…

Hello Readers,

First of all, apologies, the post you are about to read is most certainly a brag, but I would like to add it is a humble one!  Lettings with Julian Wadden in Stockport is going crazy, we are super busy!  We are letting everything that we get instructed on and in record time scales.  So, let me tell you about this particular property…

I first spoke with the owner about 8/9 months ago when he was investing in the area and since then I have kept in touch with him with weekly sometimes monthly contact to assist him with ideas and to impart my local market knowledge.  I would like to add at this point this is not me harassing the poor gentleman concerned on a weekly/monthly basis in true, pestering estate agent style, no, no; this was much more of a partnership with me being on hand to give advice when required and most importantly when asked!  I loved that this investor was happy to listen to my ideas and to allow me to give him my honest opinion regularly to develop this property into 8 stunning apartments.   What colour flooring would tenants like Gemma?  Grey… so the apartments all have beautiful grey flooring.  Gemma, do you recommend carpets or wooden floors and what is practical, so a discussion ensues giving all the positives and negatives of each.  What is important to tenants Gemma?  Washing Machines and Fridge/Freezers!  So all of the apartments have washing machines/dryers and fridge/freezers and additionally microwaves.  I am passionate about my job and assisting Landlords/Investors and Tenants alike and so I was absolutely delighted that this Investor was so hands on and so happy to hear my thoughts.  I have loved every minute of working with him.

So, imagine how excited I was when I was invited to appraise the apartments and see all the incredible work that had been put into to transforming the building.  I wanted to do the best job I could, take the best photographs and find the best tenants.  Therefore, on Saturday I did an off the market viewing at the property and on Monday morning, once instructed I made the first 2 finished properties available.  We let the first one on Monday afternoon, so in less than 6 hours of the property being on the market.  We let the property to a professional, single female working locally in a very good job, paying the asking price and moving in at the soonest opportunity.  Everyone is overjoyed – the Tenant, Landlord and even myself.

I truly love my job and finding homes for local people, but also finding Landlords exemplary tenants at the best prices and in the best timescales.

If you want to get involved and receive this level of service, please do not hesitate to contact me, as I would love to work with you too!

Gemma Lowe, Lettings Manager, Stockport Exchange (0161 474 8668 or stockportlettings@julianwadden.co.uk)

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First images of Stockport Produce Hall revealed as work begins on food hall transformation

CGI images of the plans for Stockport Produce Hall have been released, showing a big transformation is on the cards.

The site, along with Blackshaws Cafe, was secured by restaurateur Steve Pilling late last year after a contentious bidding war between Pilling and the people behind Foodie Friday.

The Grade II listed Produce Hall in Stockport Market Place is going to be transformed into a food hall with seating for up to 150 people, inspired by Mackie Mayor and Altrincham Market….

Read the full article here…

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