More great news for Stockport Town centre arrived last week when two large national brands committed to new shop units within the soon to be refurbished Merseyway. Trespass and Holland & Barratt are the latest in a flurry of brands to commit their business to our town centre, which is a great sign of things to come.
Grand Central Leisure Centre is to benefit from a multi-million pound programme of investment, which will improve and refurbish the current facilities. Life Leisure have been working with the Council in order to bring in the changes; ranging from the front of the building, to the changing rooms, to re-instating the previously popular log flume! Read more and follow the story here…
Unsurprisingly, another large commercial building has now been purchased by a developer, with the intention to convert it in to residential accommodation. Regal House is perfectly located on Duke Street, off Petersgate and has planning for circa 110 apartments, so investors stay tuned.
Increasing clarity in the UK’s economic future has increased confidence in the property market. A look at sales levels in Stockport over the last 15 months seems to indicate this too. Since January 2017 sales levels for flats are up 10 points and houses are up 51 points since January 2016.
The Aurora Business Park, located alongside junction 1 of the M60, is really starting to take shape. 9 of the projected 10 units now have their framework up, and it’s starting to look very impressive. It is another example of Stockport Council’s aggressive plan for the Town centre, with this particular development concentrating specifically on retaining larger businesses, which is great to see!
Following on from the successful completion of the pedestrianised public space next to Stockport Train Station and the recent opening of The Holiday Inn Hotel, phase two of Stockport Exchange is also now complete. It comprises of 50,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, spread over 5 floors, with commercial space to the ground floor, part of which is now occupied by Sainsbury’s Local.
Stockport Council and Stockport Heritage Trust have beaten off stiff competition and secured a 1.8 million pound grant. The grant is being supplied by the National Lottery’s Townscape Heritage Programme, and is aimed at transforming Stockport’s Underbanks. It is a fantastic victory for Stockport, and is timed perfectly with the Council’s plans to develop Merseyway and other local landmarks.