The mixed-use project has secured unanimous backing from Stockport Council’s planning committee with a number of major contractors expressing an interest in delivering the scheme.

Stockport Council’s proposals for the site feature a 196-home apartment block, a transport interchange covered with a green roof, and two acres of public realm opening up on to the river Mersey, alongside improved connectivity to the town’s railway station.

The plans also factor in a route for the Metrolink’s potential arrival to the town, with one of the visualisations showing tram lines and platforms alongside the viaduct.

The residential block, including 126 two-bed apartments and 70 one-bed apartments, is expected to cost around £39m to build. A joint venture between the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the council will develop the block and will rent the apartments privately for a minimum of five years following its completion. Stockport Council is understood to be procuring the scheme via the Pagabo major construction works framework, covering projects worth more than £50m. The eight contractors on the framework in the North are Galliford Try; Interserve; ISG; Laing O’Rourke; Morgan Sindall; Sir Robert McAlpine; Vinci; and Willmott Dixon. A number of these are understood to have expressed their interest in delivering the scheme.

The council has already secured £41.7m of Growth Fund money to help to deliver the project, and it has already received a grant of £2.6m from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund to help support the project’s delivery. BDP is lead designer on the project, providing architecture, landscape design and lighting design. WSP is lead consultant.