Developer Urbanize Homes has submitted a planning application for what will be one of Stockport’s tallest buildings, a tower of 185 apartments on the site of the former Greenhale House on Piccadilly in the town centre.
The proposals by architect Spazio is a for a mixed-level building reaching 22 storeys at its highest point, with a covered piazza along the lower end of Piccadilly, where a potential café or commercial unit will be housed.
Three-quarters of the apartments will be two-bed, with the remainder one-bedroom, and nine have been designated as affordable. There will also be 120 car parking spaces.
A number of significant proposals have been brought forward for the site, including a 23-storey mixed-use project of 155 apartments in 2008. More recently, Urbanize also lodged an outline application for a 155-apartments scheme over 20 storeys on the site, designed by Bowker Sadler Architecture.
Spazio said the “basic form” of the latest proposals follows the previous consent from 2008, but the development has been “rationalised to take advantage” of modular technology, which the developer said would help to “optimise construction costs” to make the project more deliverable.
The six-storey, 1970s Greenhale House was demolished for structural reasons in the early 2000s, and the site has been largely used as a surface car park since then.
The professional team also includes SCP as transport planner. Developer Urbanize Homes is based in Altrincham, and is headed up by developer Salar Arya.
Stockport Council has this year identified sites for up to 3,000 homes across the town centre, primarily focussed around its new transport interchange, along King Street West, and the Kwik-Fit site under the viaduct.
The largest site is around the railway station, which could support up to 790 homes nearby, while the existing Stagecoach depot and offices along King Street West could have the capacity for 700 new homes.