Developer Mirabello Investments wants to build a block of 39 apartments on Millgate in the town cente, opposite the listed Arden Arms pub.
Oldham architect Studio KMA has designed the project for the site, which sits adjacent to Stockport’s oldest church, St Mary’s, a grade one-listed structure within the Market/Underbanks conservation area.
The architect said that the new-build proposal makes a positive contribution to the neglected appearance of the existing site, part of which formerly housed a dry cleaners, and considers the heritage significance of its surroundings.
The proposed design includes the re-establishment of the southern part of the historic pathway alongside the St Mary’s outer wall, known as The Folley.
Richard Hamill, associate at Studio KMA said: ”This development should ensure Stockport’s historic heart is brought back to life, but with a new development, respecting the past and looking forward to an exciting future for the town.”
“The building at number 34, has been identified as a negative impact building in the Conservation Area Appraisal and we fully support that conclusion. Our proposals have been developed through a comprehensive urban design analysis of the site and surrounding area.”
According to Hamill, the outline proposals have been designed as a single, modern apartment structure giving the impression of six different, traditionally styled and proportioned, buildings creating a new ‘marker’ building.
The 39 dwellings break down as 23 one-bedroom and 16 two-bedroom apartments, including duplexes.
Hamill concluded: ”The proposal considers the existing built and natural environment, and retains and enhances important strategic views of St Mary’s Church.”
Residential applications have moved forward steadily in Stockport town centre, with the council and the Mayoral Development Corporation naming it as a priority. Some of the more high profile schemes include Capital & Centric’s Weir Mill and Investar’s Royal George Village.