The Council bought the site in 2011 to bring forward an office-led development, which will include a hotel and improved car parking, and create an attractive new gateway to the town centre.
Phase One consists of a new 1,000 space multi-storey car park and a range of highway improvements and was completed at the beginning of 2014.
Stockport Council iused its own borrowing powers to fund the second phase, which has delivered a 50,000 sq ft five-storey office building (with a 4,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s Local store on the ground floor), a 115 bed hotel and a ‘gateway’ pedestrianised public space opposite the station entrance.
Phase Three will include further office buildings, extension of the open space and further improved accessibility for pedestrians, and will be delivered on a phased basis up to 2020.
The scheme will ultimately deliver up to 370,000 sq ft of offices, along with attractive public spaces outside the railway station, improved car parking facilities and a wide range of cafes and shops at ground floor. Ease of access to the town centre is a major feature.
The car park has LED lighting to cut down on energy consumption and light pollution. There are five electric car charge points and a dedicated cycle hub with space for 50 cycles, entry cards, changing rooms and lockers for cyclists.
The new MSCP meets increasing demand for parking next to the railway station and encourages more people to take the train.
The site will become an exceptional business location and will make a significant contribution to the continued renaissance of Stockport town centre.