Work has started to redevelop a former Stockport brewery into 51 new homes following a grant award by the Homes & Communities Agency.
Equity Housing Group has appointed Southdale to transform the disused Royal Oak Brewery site close to the town centre.
Apartments will be available for rent and for sale, through shared ownership, with the aim of providing a choice of affordable living for local people. The first residents are expected to move in around February 2012.
The main brewery building is being retained and converted internally and new buildings will be also added to form a u-shaped development. Some of the apartments will have their own garden space while a large private landscaped area will be shared by the other residents. There will be spaces for cars and ample bicycle storage space.
David Fisher, chief executive of Equity Housing Group, said, "The difficult economic and financial conditions mean the number of planning applications overall is falling and this means reduced availability of good quality, affordable new homes for shared ownership.
"Not only are we transforming an historic site and retaining many original features, we are also offering people struggling to get that all important first foot on the property ladder various opportunities to realise their ambitions of becoming home owners.
"Equity has been working with Stockport Council and the Homes and Communities Agency for several years to find ways to bring this scheme to market. The appointment of our contractors Southdale and work subsequently starting on site marks the beginning of something very exciting."
- Equity Housing Group wants to hear from people who may have worked, or know someone who worked, in the brewery before it closed in the 1950s. They can contact Anna Ross, the organisation's communications officer, on 0800 733 233 or email@example.com