A consultation on plans for a two-acre public green space, part of the £120m revamp of the town’s ageing bus station, is now open.
Stockport Council is seeking input from the public to help shape the vision for the park. Residents are being asked what features they would like to see included and how they plan to use the park.
The park is to sit on top of the reimagined bus station and will be created around a circular opening to allow natural light through to the interchange below.
A pavilion in the south-east corner of the site is to include stair and lift access from the park to the bus station below. A link bridge for pedestrians and cyclists will connect the interchange with Station Road.
Summer 2021 – Enabling works begin
Summer/Autumn 2021 – Further community engagement
Winter 2021 – Interchange park design finalised
Winter 2021 – Construction begins
Spring 2024 – Interchange park opening
Access to the park from the A6 also forms part of the proposals.
The bus station will move to a temporary location on Heaton Lane car park in this summer while the project is carried out.
Willmott Dixon is the main contractor for the scheme. The project team also includes The Harris Partnership, Forever Consulting and Optimised Environments.
The consultation on the park proposals will run until 13 October.
As well as the park, the wider interchange development features around 196 apartments being delivered by Rise Homes and Cityheart.
The joint venture is in line to receive a £21.5m cash injection through the Housing Investment Loans Fund to kickstart the residential project.