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.
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.
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.
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.
The new A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road is set to open to traffic in early October providing a vital road link across Stockport, Manchester and East Cheshire.
Stretching from Hazel Grove in the east, to Manchester Airport and the ever-growing opportunities on offer there in the west, the new 10km link road will bring significant benefits for residents and businesses. Along the route, connectivity will be improved; congestion on local roads will be reduced as traffic uses the more direct road link and local employment and business opportunities will be brought within easier reach for all.
The multi million pound project, funded by the Department for Transport, has undoubtedly been one of the largest and most complex local authority road schemes on site in the UK over recent years with the new road including:
• Seven new road junctions as well as another four that have been improved
• 11 bridges including four railway crossings
• 10 kilometres of single and dual carriageway
• A shared cycle and pedestrian path that runs parallel to the road for its whole length
• Over 897,000 sq metres of new grassland, hedgerow and woodland as well as 11 habitat areas for wildlife
Over the coming weeks, contractors will be working to put the finishing touches to the road including laying the final stretches of the surface, ensuring that all of the signals are working and making sure that all planning conditions are fully satisfied.
Ahead of opening to traffic residents will have the opportunity to explore the road for themselves during a day of community sporting activities on Sunday 7th October, including a free 5k run. Full details about the event will be released over the coming days but get the date in your diary now and keep your eyes on www.semmms.info to find out more!
Councillor Alex Ganotis, Leader of Stockport Council said: “I’m delighted that after many years of hard work and planning the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road is opening. The benefits this is going to bring for residents, businesses and our local road networks are significant. Not only will congestion on many local roads be reduced but pedestrians, cyclists, and public transport users will also enjoy greater convenience in their journeys.
“The direct link from Hazel Grove to the airport will bring the thousands of new jobs being created at the Airport City Enterprise Zone over the coming years even closer, opening up countless opportunities for all.”
The leader of Cheshire East Council, Rachel Bailey, said: “The announcement of the opening date for the A6 Manchester Airport Relief Road is welcome news for the North West.
“The new road will provide enhanced east-west strategic connectivity across the north of the borough and improved access to employment opportunities and business links with Manchester Airport and the Airport City Enterprise Zone.
“The completion of this route and the council plans to deliver the Poynton Relief Road will relieve congestion in Poynton. It will also provide improved connectivity to the strategic highway in the region for the northern Macclesfield business area and Cheshire Science Corridor.
“The council is committed to encouraging economic growth, nurturing new business opportunities and improving lives within the borough. The new road will bring significantly improved connectivity and employment benefits.”
Councillor Angeliki Stogia, Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport at Manchester City Council, said: “The opening of this new road will significantly bolster the highway network for all road users in Wythenshawe – with benefits including reduced congestion, enhanced air quality, safer cycling and walking and improved public transport journey times – while also supporting Manchester’s economic growth and the continuing success of Manchester Airport.”
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester said: “Manchester Airport not only provides our city-region with international connections, it is one of our city-region’s key employment zones. This new road will provide a vital link there for the people and businesses of Stockport, Manchester and East Cheshire who will have faster and more reliable journeys.
“Cutting congestion is one of my key priorities and this new route will be vital in reducing traffic on local roads. The supporting cycling and walking infrastructure will also make active travel more attractive, safer and easier for more people and supports our ambition to make them the first and natural choice for short journeys.”
Stockport based Aqua Design is so proud of Stockport’s heritage, the creative team have come up with a unique Made in Stockport badge.
Stockport has a history of producing, whether it be in hat making, brewing award winning Beer, manufacturing or innovation, it has a reputation for creative output and a wide range of food, art and craft producers.
Aqua Design’s Made in Stockport badge enables producers to demonstrate their pride in their association with Stockport and show off the fact their products, and even services, are made in Stockport.
By combining the iconic viaduct, the largest of its kind in Europe consisting of 11 million bricks, with Philips head screws conveying the engineering heritage of Stockport, the badge makes a very bold statement.
The badge can be supplied in a digital format absolutely free of charge to anyone and any business who would like to include it on their website and within their business literature. For tickers or merchandise bearing the Made in Stockport badge please email Aqua Design for more information.
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A large, two storey, former nightclub/wine bar with attractive external brickwork to the front and rendered brickwork to the rear. The property is in a very basic condition and provides scope for a refurbishment/conversion scheme
This would be subject to any necessary Planning Permissions/Building Regulations approvals.