John Southworth to cap off Stockport hat factory resi
The final phase of Viaduct Housing Partnership’s plans for 144 homes on the former Battersby Hat Factory has begun with a new company at the helm, nearly a year after previous contractor Lane End entered administration.
Main contractor John Southworth began work on the £3.7m conversion of the factory’s mills on 29 January. When the scheme completes in December, the mills will host a mixture of apartments, mews, and houses. The homes will have between one and four bedrooms. Of the 45 to be built, 26 will be available under a shared-ownership tenure.
The project is the largest to date for Viaduct Housing, a partnership between Stockport Homes Group and Stockport Council. The work on the mills is the final element of its wider 144-home redevelopment of the Offerton site. Its vision for the site includes 99 new-build houses in addition to the 45 homes in the mills themselves.
In 2019, the partnership was working with Lane End Developments Construction on the neighbourhood. After Lane End went into administration in April 2023, Stockport Homes Group’s contractor Three Sixty stepped in to complete the new-build elements. Now, John Southworth has been brought in for the mill work.
“We’re delighted to be working alongside John Southworth to deliver a range of modern, high-quality homes,” said John Bowker, executive director of operations at Stockport Homes Group. “They bring a wealth of experience and expertise that will carry this project forward and bring the mills back to life for new homeowners to enjoy.”
John Southworth director Steven Brown commented: “We’re proud to be working on a project that has played such a historic part in Stockport’s industrial story. This phase of the build will create new homes that complement the significance of the building, and the local communities that kept the borough’s famous hat-making tradition alive for so many years.”