Sisk appointed to deliver £60m Weir Mill in Stockport
Capital & Centric won approval for the 253-apartment project last year and enabling work is already underway.
John Sisk and Son has now been appointed to build the scheme, which is expected to take two years to complete once work begins in June.
“The redevelopment of Weir Mill is a key building block in the transformation of Stockport and we are delighted to be working with Capital & Centric to bring it back to life,” said Alan Rodger, managing director, at Sisk’s UK North division.
“Sisk has a strong track record in the Northwest of delivering some great projects that bring life back to our cities and towns while retaining the link with the architecture of our industrial past.”
Capital & Centric acquired the site from Maryland Securities in May 2020 and lodged a planning application for the £60m project the following January.
Stockport Council approved the plans in October 2021 and agreed to forward fund the construction of the project later that month after approving a loan from the £100m Mayoral Development Corporation Investment Facility.
The redevelopment of Weir Mill, designed by BDP, will see elements of the complex retained and converted into flats.
In addition, Capital & Centric’s plans feature the creation of two new-build apartment blocks.
The scheme includes a total of 24,000 sq ft of amenity and commercial space.
The project had divided opinion. While some people were happy to see the derelict mill repurposed, others claimed the new build elements impact negatively on views of the viaduct.
Weir Mill will “not only [be] a top place to live, but a visitor pull for Stockport,” according to Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric.
“Weir Mill has been a constant presence in Stockport, with parts of the buildings dating back to the 1700s. Now it’s set to be the main character in the town’s next storyline,” he said.
“There’s no doubt, it’s a turbulent time at the moment, but we’re ploughing on. It’s creative neighbourhoods like this that will propel the region’s recovery. We’re itching to get on site in the coming weeks.”
Weir Mill is located close to Stockport 8, a new eight-acre site set to deliver up 1,200 new homes that was launched by the Stockport’s mayoral development corporation last week.
“Weir Mill will be a catalytic site that will drastically improve the whole area,” said Lord Bob Kerslake, chair of the Stockport MDC.
“It is another fantastic example of the momentum and pace of transformation being achieved in Stockport thanks to a can-do attitude and collaboration across the board. We’re delivering on what the MDC set out to do, create long-term inclusive growth by transforming the town with new homes, jobs and sustainable communities.”
Stockport’s newly elected leader Lib Dem leader Cllr Mark Hunter added: “I’m delighted that we can take this next phase of Stockport’s ambitious £1bn regeneration forward as the MDC reaches its next milestone.
“For a developer of Capital & Centric’s reputation to deliver this strategic site is testament to the appeal of the MDC and Stockport and shows real confidence from the private sector. Our vison for the town centre is moving forward at pace and I look forward to plans progressing now the contractor has been appointed.”