Work to strip out the former BHS is ongoing. Credit: via planning documents

Robertson appointed for Stockport BHS revamp

The contractor will deliver the refurbishment of the Merseyway unit for incoming tenants Poundland and JD Sports. 

Stockport Council, which acquired the former BHS unit in 2019, is due to appoint Robertson Construction to deliver the project when its economy and regeneration committee meets later this week. 

Part of the council-owned Merseyway Shopping Centre, the BHS unit is to be split into four units, three on the ground floor and one in the basement. 

Two of the ground floor units are reportedly under offer to the aforementioned retailers.  

“The proposed lettings will provide new anchor tenants for Merseyway and support the viability of the overall shopping centre,” a report to the committee states. 

The redevelopment of the BHS unit, coupled with plans to create Stockroom, a community and public services hub opposite, “represents a further statement of intent in the council’s long-term regeneration plans for the town centre”, according to the report. 

Work to remove asbestos from the former BHS unit has been ongoing since October and is due to wrap up at the end of March. 

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Brill – not. RIP BHS Still much missed as are M and S, Sunwin, Monsoon, Laura Ashley, Next, C and A, Nield and Hardy, Topshop, Woolworth etc. A town Centre should have such fabulous shops to be special not the ones that can be found almost everywhere. Sad times.

By Anonymous

A significant improvement on the existing eye sore. Great to see some activity finally happening in Merseyway.

By Tom

So more parking hell for local residents. Local residents already have limited or no parking when they return home, so another contractor working in the centre means more misery for residents. Someone should tell contractors to pay the parking for their workers!

By Jane

Do we know what is going to happen to the lovely wall art on the left hand side (if facing old BHS from the precinct side). I hope this is going to be protected.

By Corrina

Shame it’s not M&S and Next! Hopefully one day they will return.

By Anonymous

What a load of rubbish fetch back decent shops people do not want hubs

By Stella

Stockport really needs retail shops. It has been so rundown for years.

By Anonymous

Yet more low budget shops for Stockport.

By Anonymous

The best thing that could happen to the Merseyway centre is a partial demolition – cut out some units to make it much more openly connected to Great Underbank and Prince’s Street. Ideally deculvert parts of the river with grassy banks and seating, and reinstate the Trans Pennine Trail as a direct traffic-free route through town. This could be the place where people want to spend time and therefore money, attracting new small businesses, instead of a grey place to go to some grey shops.
We’ve proven Stockport can be an attractive destination with the success of both Foodie Fridays and the marketplace/underbanks pedestrianisation. Time to build on that with some 21st century placemaking for a sustainable future.

By W

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