Stockport Exchange Phase 2

Outstanding mixed use development in Stockport Town Centre
CLIENT
Muse Developments in Partnership with Stockport MBC
SIZE
5,729 sq m office & 115-bed hotel
DATE COMPLETED
January 2017
VALUE
£18.6m
ARCHITECT
Aedas
SUSTAINABILITY
Office - BREEAM Excellent

Overview

Eric Wright Construction have been selected by Muse Developments as Design and Build contractor for the Stockport Exchange Regeneration Project, Phase 2. Stockport Exchange creates a new gateway to the town centre providing high-quality public realm, Grade A office space and new amenities.

Stockport Exchange Phase 2 comprises a hotel, an office and retail facility and a new public square together with associated highways works in connection with access to Stockport Station.

The five storey office building comprises 61,667 sq ft Category A accommodation delivered to BREEAM Excellent with retail space on the ground floor, and offices on the upper floors.

The hotel comprises a six storey (lower ground, ground, plus five upper floors) building providing 115 full turnkey bedroom facilities for the operator.

The public realm works consist of three main components.  These are the central pedestrianised plaza, the southern turning loop incorporating Railway Road, and the northern turning loop incorporating Station Road.

The Hotel comprises a six storey (lower ground, ground, plus five upper floors) building providing 115 full turnkey bedroom facilities for the operator.

The Public Realm works consist of three main components. These are the central pedestrianized plaza, the southern turning loop incorporating Railway Road, and the northern turning loop incorporating Station Road.

The public realm works are a vitally important role in the success of this regeneration project and will remain an important foyer space for the general public using the station.

Award

Winner of RICS North West Commercial Building of the Year.

 

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Key Challenges

One of the key challenges on this project was the multiple stakeholders involved and ensuring we met the needs and requirements of everyone involved.

Regular communication with stakeholders has included;

  • Hosting of monthly tenant meetings to allow exchange of information and address any concerns of the local businesses
  • Attendance at user group forums (eg. The Cycle User Group or meeting the taxi drivers via SODA)
  • Working in partnership with Network Rail, Virgin and NCP to ensure that access is maintained at all times for station customers
  • Close liaison with the local bus company
  • Regular attendance at Stockport Disability Access Forum
  • An open door policy established with local businesses and stakeholders
  • Fortnightly walk-arounds with neighbour groups and an open day has been held

Further key challenges included changing the road structure and the large service diversions required. Planning and phasing has been imperative on this scheme to overcome these logistical challenges and ensure the minimum of disruption to existing businesses and residents.

The sites location in the centre of Stockport, adjacent to an existing operational railway station also creates potential complications.

We have created a temporary lay-by for children’s’ drop-off for the swimming pool and has also provided a taxi lay-by for commuters to overcome these challenges.  Site staff also hand information out to passengers at the train station and distribute a feedback questionnaire, making an effort to be as helpful as possible, including helping with baggage.

Added Value

We have been able to add value to this scheme through a number of public consultations such as exhibitions on the new road layouts, which took place prior to the works commencing.

The site has arranged food bank collections throughout the project duration and have also taken part in a 10k fun run for charity.

A Skills Company representative comes to site once a week to assist in the site’s promotion of apprenticeships and college student party visits are facilitated.

Students from local colleges have been given safety presentations and presentations have also been given at two local schools.

We allowed a safe access for the Sainsbury’s fit-out contractor prior to our completion on site.

Client Feedback

“This work will see our town build on its strengths so it can grow and offer new opportunities to residents and businesses. The benefits this development will bring to Stockport are significant.”
Sue Derbyshire
Council Leader

Client Feedback

“Completing the first office is a major milestone in this game-changing development for Stockport. Stockport Exchange is truly transforming this part of the town, which is unrecognisable even from a just a few months ago. With Holiday Inn Express and Sainsbury’s due to open shortly and attractive new public space nearly finished, it will soon become a thriving commercial district.”
Wes Erlam
Development Director, Muse Developments

Get in Touch

For all enquiries, please get in touch with the team here at Eric Wright.