Stockport College

Stockport College releases town centre land for development

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Stockport College has put part of its campus up for sale as a redevelopment opportunity, releasing buildings which are surplus to requirements as it delivers a £24m overhaul of its town centre site.

Colliers International has been appointed to market a 2.9-acre chunk of the campus around Greek Street and Wellington Road South.

Buildings on this plot include the 115,000 sq ft Torkington Centre, 60,000 sq ft Lyme Centre, 16,000 sq ft University Centre, and the 25,000 sq ft, grade two-listed Greek Street Centre.

There have been pre-planning conversations held with Stockport Council, outlining a range of potential uses which could be delivered.

A future scheme could see the conversion of the Lyme and Torkington centres into residential uses, the demolition of the existing University Centre to provide a car park, and the creation of public realm. The listed Greek Street Centre could be converted into residential, office or leisure uses.

There is no guide price for the project, so as well as submitting bids, potential developers will also need to outline “precise plans” for the layout of their schemes, timescales, and details on methods of funding.

Due to Stockport College bringing forward its redevelopment next door, the college will be assessing the quality and viability of the proposals, and intends to remain involved throughout the planning process.

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Consent was granted last year to the £24m overhaul of Stockport College’s campus on the A6, with a team including contractor Wates, planner Indigo and architect Project3 aiming to complete the development by December 2020.

The proposals will see the existing campus completely redesigned; the Vernon Centre on Royal George Street will be partially demolished to make way for a new car park, while a new building called The Street will be built along the A6 to link the campus together.

The move by the college comes as it looks to turn around its fortunes after it received an ‘inadequate’ rating from Ofsted. Stockport College merged with Trafford College last year, although both are retaining their existing campuses and names.

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Did they not try to sell this a couple of years ago??

By Paul Calf

Yes , but no one was interested.

By Fred Perry

What will become of the War Memorial building?

By Chris jay

“What will become of the War Memorial building?” – Chris jay

I don’t think it’s part of the college campus – probably owned / held in trust or some such tho g by the Council.

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