Stocktons Furniture Shop
The store has been owned by the Stockton family since 1976

Stocktons furniture shop earmarked for housing

Dan Whelan

The family-owned retailer wants to relocate and has appointed consultants to sell its 50,000 sq ft showroom on Manchester’s Great Ancoats Street to a developer to bring forward a project likely to be residential.

Stocktons Furniture has appointed agents McLoone Property and Ken Bishop Consulting to explore opportunities to redevelop the one-acre site next to developer Property Alliance Group’s 32-storey Oxygen development and opposite the council-owned Central Retail Park. 

Ken Bishop, principal of Ken Bishop Consulting, told Place North West that discussions with several developers were at an early stage and that any future project would probably include a residential tower on the corner of Great Ancoats Street and Store Street. 

The current owner is unlikely to seek planning consent before any sale takes place, so the future buyer is expected to lead on submitting an application itself. 

Stocktons has yet to select a new premises for the showroom but the company is seeking a “more functional retail space with warehousing”, according to Bishop. 

Consultations have taken place with the local council to determine the development potential of the site in line with the Piccadilly Strategic Regeneration Framework that governs planning policy for the city centre district. 

The Stocktons site is part of the emerging Piccadilly East area, home to several pipeline residential developments including Olympian Homes’ The Fairfax, a 488-apartment complex that won planning approval in January, and Islington Wharf, plans for the final phase of which were submitted in April by developer Waterside places.

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Let’s hope those pre-application discussions with council planners hasn’t already condemned this warehouse to destruction. Let’s see if MCC have learned anything in terms of understanding the value of unlisted industrial heritage assets.

By Industrial heritage

I pass here about once a month and I glanced
over looking at it the other week thinking that land will be more expensive apartments shortly. That’s all it is nowadays, BIG BLOCKS OF EXPANSIVE FLATS EVERYWHERE I still remember the Hulme flats in the 70/80s that was like a concrete jungle (now them was a eyesore), demolished about 1992. . High rise living.

By Darren born and bred in Salford

Hmm cashing in more unaffordable flats. Sorry apartments not for the working class. There’s a surprising bit of news not. Are well mummy and daddy can pay for it. Until Clarence. Chardonnay leaves uni

By Jayco

What about Kyle from Salford or Rob from Burnage or Danielle from Moston all of whom have probably moved into and rent a city centre “flat sorry apartment”, close to their work?

By Salford lad

I know many people who live in the city centre apartments, Jayco.. Not a single one of them are there because of a cushy pocket money lifestyle funded through mummy and daddy. They are there because they work hard for it. Perhaps with a little more aspiration and a little less resentment and ignorance you’d find that out for yourself…


@jayco you don’t know what you’re talking about. These city centre flats are overpriced for everyone, they are bought out by international investors and rented by young professionals and graduates.

By Aaron

Why do people on here have such a problem with ‘young professionals and graduates’? Manchester is (or at least was) booming because of our knowledge economy. Yes, MCC need to better enforce affordable housing requirements in these developments but there would be no development without the wider retention of graduates from the great universities we have here.

By Bradford

Obviously not overpriced for everyone Aaron as real people actually live in them

By Anonymous

Whilst the redevelopment of this site is no surprise, there will be uproar if there is a wholesale demolition of the site. Some of the buildings are really interesting (not all pictured) and need to be retained.

By Acelius

More ugly unaffordable flats replacing an interesting building, don’t expect Manchester council to care

By Jon P

Let’s hope we finally see MCC enforce a decent contribution to public open space, and push for a quality, well designed scheme that takes placemaking and community seriously. The development around Great Ancoats Street hasn’t addressed either… It’s really happened without much obvious thought being given to creating an area that people want to live in, with supportive solutions in place to address the existing social issues in the area… all essential for a successful, safe neighbourhood

By Anon

@Anonymous Renters are real people.

By Aaron

Where are Stocktons going to move to? Cousins also moved didn’t they for flats?

By Elephant

Good news, not benefitting the modern city centre currently


@jon p….you could buy it yourself and not knock it down if it’s that interesting .

Or do you only like other people’s assets to remain unprofitable

By Tom

Elephant @ cussions factory moved to agecroft industrial estate. The site had been empty for 10 years. Construction started on mostly houses and a few apartments about 5months ago and 40% of these properties WILL be AFFORDABLE,. Which is good. Okay amigo.

By Darren born and bred in Salford

@Tom i’m not a property developer and I don’t have millions to buy the property. Im in favour of reusing historical buildings

By Jon P

Elephant@ Cousins on regent road in Salford is not going to be flats, it’s going to be a self storage warehouse, that’s a change. Okay amigo.

By Darren born and bred in Salford

@jon p…and for these buildings that are in private ownership to be reused?

Your not willing to.put your money where your mouth is but your expecting a private company who have built a business over many years to suffer because you think there building is nice to look at … It’s easy to spend other people’s money isn’t it Jon

By Tom

@Tom It’s not a case of spending someone else’s money. Rather, it’s that if we (ie the public and our elected representatives in MCC) deem that the existing buildings are interesting, valuable and worth retaining from a historical and townscape perspective, as they surely are, then it simply limits the value of the site compared to if the council agreed that the owners could raze the buildings to the ground and start with a clear site.

None of this precludes a sale and redevelopment, it’s just that in preserving these rare and interesting examples of industrial architecture, it will likely attract a more creative and skilful breed of developer that’s adept at working with historical structures. Capital and Centric spring to mind.

By Industrial heritage

More enlightened large world cities wouldn’t even consider demolishing these structures. Unfortunately Manchester and some elements in its development community are still somewhat backward in understanding the economic, cultural and regeneration value in retaining and reusing existing historical industrial structures (outside of listed mill buildings).

By Anonymous

@ Tom the building is perfectly functional as it is. There is a perfectly functional, profitable business already in-situ. The drive to sell this site is driven by speculation; it’s driven by agents trying to persuade their client that they could realise a huge return by flogging the site and clearing the buildings. Naturally they’d make a cut of any profits made on completion of sale or achieving outline consent so it’s easy to see how the destruction of these buildings is driven entirely by the agents’ speculation and self interest

By Anonymous

Re-use the existing buildings in some way

By Anonymous