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Cityheart is partnering with Rise Homes to deliver the residential element of Stockport Interchange

Four in race for £120m Stockport Interchange

Charlie Schouten

Four contractors are being considered to deliver the major redevelopment of Stockport Interchange with a winner set to be chosen in early 2020.

Morgan Sindall, Galliford Try, Vinci, and Willmott Dixon have all put forward a bid for the development, which are to include 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.  The scheme is to be delivered in a two-stage tender and is being procured by TfGM via Pagabo’s Major Works framework.

One of the four bidders will be appointed to deliver the entire scheme but will be appointed by TfGM under two separate contracts; one for the interchange, and one for the residential.

At the same time, Stockport Council is also searching for a development partner for the residential element, which is anticipated to cost around £40m.The partner is expected to invest equity into a special purpose vehicle with the council, and secure development funding to deliver the residential scheme.

The council and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority are expected to invest £10m into the SPV to ensure the scheme is viable; Housing Infrastructure Fund money is also available to support the development.

The residential element will be delivered collaboratively with the council, GMCA and Transport for Greater Manchester; this approach also includes “identification and delivery of value engineering opportunities and maximising gross development value and financial returns to stakeholders,” according to tender documents.

The development partner will also be required to manage the asset for a minimum term once it completes, and is expected to be appointed in November this year.

The interchange project, which has a gross development value of £120m, has already secured £41.7m of Growth Fund money, which will primarily be used to deliver the transport interchange and public realm.

According to the council, the scheme will take around three years to deliver. BDP is lead designer on the project, providing architecture, landscape design and lighting design. WSP is lead consultant.

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How long does it take to make a bus station? Answer = forever.

By Unimpressed

You really think it’s that easy? It’s all political and obviously it’s all to do with money. They bought all the land on the west side of the viaduct under CPO.

By Hiiantransport

The sooner the better,Stockport bus station is a disgrace.The toilets are disgusting for anyone arriving to see.The new plans look far nicer and can’t wait to see it finished.

By Carole Andrews

Another waste of tax payers money, that is indicative of a council determined to give us – residents – what they think we want, rather than give us – residents – what we need. Isn’t it about time local people were actually consulted about spending millions of pounds of taxpayers money, on what is actually a vehicle for wealthy investors to make even more money, whilst masquerading as a plan to enrich the lives of local people and open the town up to new opportunities.

By Blackdog

All well and good having homes planned for town centre but homes need schools, leisure facilities, transport, police, fire services and of course jobs, to name a few. Stockport prior to the 60’s was a mass of terraced housing built in the victorian era to cram a workforce into for the Mills. It was demolished to create a shopping precinct that itself has been allowed to go to ruin. I trust the planners of this eutopia have looked at the pictures of old stockport and will not create a slum than in 50 years will face the wrecking ball to build something else!

By Rebecca Robinson

Make sure jobs are available for all these people living in these planned homes are there to go to or you get a slum. A new built slum!

By Anonymous

Looks excellent idea.
How are going to stop the liquid intoxication persons throwing stuff off the top on to buses / passengers below?

By Martin Harper

These plans have not taken into consideration the traffic problem it will create. There was a traffic census done this week on the traffic on Wood Street, the major road to the motorway. Traffic uses a short on Gradwell Street and Hardman Street to cut out the lights at King Street and Wood Street. Was this traffic counted as this is a considerable amount. 20 mile an hour speed limit and humps introduced, drivers take no notice, they want to beat the que, this is directly opposite a block of flats and a park that the kids cross the road to get to. It beggars belief really.

By Christine Smith

Looks like a really good proposal and exactly what Stockport town centre needs to ensure it is sustainable in the long-term.

By Monty

@Blackdog – with all due respect, and I say this as both a resident of Stockport, rare the residents have a bloody clue what they need. Many big ideas on what they want, but never a clue on what they need. There is a reason people have to go through years upon years of education and professional development Leave it to local residents and we’d have 10 lane motorways for every single road.

And YOU WERE consulted, you sillybilly. I offered input, so why didn’t you?

By daveboi

Rebecca – what are you on about. Do you even know Stockport?

The new town centre flats will be above a bus station and next to a train station, so transport issues sorted. It’s five minutes walk from the main leisure centre, 2 thatres, a museum, cinema and restaurant development and the town centre shops, so that’s leisure sorted. The Council is building Grand Central within 5 minutes walk, that’s the jobs sorted. The fire station is within five minutes walk, and the police are in Fred Perry House, again five minutes walk away. School can be built if demand requires it, in the meantime, existing schools can accommodate the limited need that will be generated by one and two bed flats.