Grand Central’s Cineworld will be knocked down in two months’ time to make way for the next phase of Stockport Exchange, but the majority of the site is likely to be used as a temporary car park until at least 2024.
The cinema, which opened in 1991 along with the rest of the Grand Central complex, is due to be demolished in the coming months following planning approval of the third phase of Stockport Council and Muse’s Stockport Exchange development.
The third phase includes 60,000 sq ft of office space over six storeys, and was granted planning permission by the council earlier this month.
Phase three only covers a small part of the Cineworld site, with the majority to be used under phase four of Stockport Exchange. This includes office space, and will be brought forward in 2024. Phase six, fronting the A6, will be developed first.
Following the cinema’s demolition, the council’s preferred option is to use the majority of the site as a temporary car park until phase four is brought forward in six years’ time.
The council said there was a shortfall of spaces in the south of the town, and is aiming to have an 80-space car park operational on the site by December 2018.
The entire site of the cinema will be tarmacked, and there is an option to expand the car park by a further 29 spaces once phase three of Stockport Exchange completes.
Stockport Council’s economy and regeneration scrutiny committee is expected to sign off the proposals when it meets on 1 March.