PJD Properties has moved forward with proposals to build 13,000 sq ft of industrial space on a site just outside Stockport town centre which it has owned since the 1970s.
The 1.3 acre site is on the corner of Chestergate and King Street West and previously housed the Chestergate Mill which was demolished in 2009. There is a children’s play area, Kidzilla, on the site; this was formerly Alphabet Zoo, and will be knocked down as part of the plans, while Mentor House, adjacent to the children’s play area, will be retained given its locally-listed status.
Designed by architect Pozzoni, PJD’s proposals are for nearly 13,000 sq ft of employment, industrial, and trade counter space split across five units.
Two of these will be 2,200 sq ft, with one each of 1,885 sq ft; 2,670 sq ft; and 2,740 sq ft. There will also be 59 car parking spaces and a landscaped area facing King Street West.
Mark Davies, Director at PJD Property, said: “The site has changed considerably over the last five decades and whilst we have considered many alternative uses none of these have been found to be viable.
“I believe that the proposals will secure its redevelopment for a sustainable employment generating use. It’s in a great location, minutes away from Stockport town centre, the rail station with direct access to the M60 and the A6.
“I am confident there will be a lot of interest in the units and I am prepared to speculatively develop the site given the demand for this scale of unit and location.”
The professional team also includes planning consultant J10; landscape architect Squareyard; heritage consultant Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture; structural engineer Joule; and Hydrock as traffic and geotechnical consultant.