Stockport Exchange Phase 2

Outstanding mixed use development in Stockport Town Centre
CLIENT
Muse Developments in Partnership with Stockport MBC
SIZE
5,729 sqm office & 115-bed hotel
DATE COMPLETED
December 2016
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.

The overall scheme has been master planned to create a thriving commercial business district, set around new public space and amenities including a hotel, cafés, restaurants and leisure centre.

Phase 2 of the development comprises a hotel, an office building 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 on the Ground Floor, and Offices on the Upper Floors.

It is envisaged that through high quality architecture and the creative use of the site the building will achieve prominence and be of outstanding character.

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.

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 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.

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

“Appointing a contractor and starting on site for the second phase of Stockport Exchange means we’re one step closer to realising this major new mixed-use development for Stockport. It will build on the success of the first phase and deliver a brand new hotel and much-needed, Grade A office accommodation at an excellent location in the town centre.”
Wes Erlam
Development Director, Muse Developments

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