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Cityheart is partnering with Rise Homes to deliver the residential element of Stockport Interchange

Winners picked for £120m Stockport Interchange

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Willmott Dixon has been chosen as main contractor to deliver the major redevelopment of the town’s bus station, alongside a joint venture between Cityheart and Rise Homes which will bring forward a £40m apartment block.

In October, Place North West revealed Willmott Dixon was vying against Morgan Sindall, Galliford Try and Vinci to build the revamped transport interchange on behalf of Transport for Greater Manchester. The scheme is set to include a green roof, two acres of public realm opening up on to the river Mersey, and improved connectivity to the town’s railway station.

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The plans also factor in a potential route for the Metrolink tram network. Stockport revealed last month the town was requesting up to £1bn from the Government to back the extension of the line from East Didsbury.

Cityheart and Rise are understood to have beaten Muse Developments to be chosen as development partner for the residential element of the project, a 196-apartment block.

The main contractor and residential developer contracts were tendered separately.

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As development partner, Cityheart and Rise would invest equity into a special purpose vehicle with the council, and secure development funding, according to the tender documents published last year.

The council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority are expected to invest £10m into the SPV. Housing Infrastructure Fund money is also available to support the development.

The interchange project has a gross development value of £120m, and has already secured £41.7m of Growth Fund money, which will primarily be used to deliver the transport interchange and public realm.

BDP is lead designer on the project, providing architecture, landscape design and lighting design. WSP is lead consultant.

The plan includes:

  • A fully accessible, covered passenger concourse with seated waiting areas
  • Better and easier routes to the town centre for pedestrians. with improved links to the rail station, Merseyway and the River Mersey, as well as a lift between the interchange and the A6
  • 20 bus stands, giving space for growth in bus services
  • New bus and train travel information screens, plus a Travelshop for passengers
  • Fully accessible toilets with baby changing and Changing Places facilities
  • Cycle parking
  • A new town centre park above the interchange, bringing more green space to Stockport town centre for everyone to enjoy
  • Direct access to the two-acre park from the A6
  • Around 200 new high-quality residential apartments off Daw Bank.

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Works out at £6m per bus stand. Makes HS2 look like a bargain!

By UnaPlanner

Stockport needs this however “high quality resi apartments” What!!
Splendid views of the river Mersey yuk! A6/M60 within 50/100m thundering past pollution, directly adjacent main line national railway noise! and to top it all directly underneath approach flight path to Man Airport.

So great communication links, scheme needs to be good to sell.


I don’t see the need for the apt block when Stockport village – a beautiful building stands empty and neglected,, that should be renovated and would house 200 residents easily. The new apt block is ridiculous, who wants a flat overlooking a bus station?

By Unimpressed

Looks like there’s about 6 spaces for the buses?!

By Mee2

Unimpressed – alternatively, who wants a flat overlooking a park?

I don’t know who owns Stockport village but I’d imagine it isn’t the council/TfGM like the bus station site is. Given Stockport’s dire housing land supply situation a better option would probably be to do both, and a lot more.

By the light of the moon


By Sinclair

When will it start will you make revisions for transport to the Portwood shopping area xxx

By Hughes

Another reason that makes driving in stockport ridiculous!!!! They will spend millions on things that are not needed and nobody really using public transport as it’s so expensive to use. So yet again more road closures and more traffic jams making it impossible to get to work in the morning

By Stockport resident

I know we need housing in the area but this will not help our young generation coming up that carnt afford a home and why block the view of our FAMOUS landmark The Viaduct !!!!!

By Tracy Duckworth

What a waste of money. Putting a burden on Stocport rate payers.

By Mrs. J. Bowers

I love Stockport and I’m all for park, new bus station and Metrolink wold be great but why spoil it all with a horrible concrete eye sore?

By John

Read some of the comments just get on with it bring it up to the same level as Bury and other towns in the greater Manchester area bringing business into the town and a lot of it is not being spent by taxpayers being invested by companies as well stop Stop whingeing and except it Stockport got a bright future

By Neil

Bad design . There will be a heavy buildup of bus fumes that will have nowhere to go only into our lungs . You’ll see .

By Max

Looks fantastic, its about time Stockport received a more modern bus interchange like Altrincham and Shudehill