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Small Steps For Stockport's Grand Central

£100m office scheme making slow progress

Written by . Published on January 24th 2012.

Small Steps For Stockport's Grand Central

PLANS to revive Stockport's 4.7 hectare Grand Central scheme are progressing slowly a year after the local council bought the site.

The council acquired the site in January after plans to redevelop it with Norwich-based developer Targetfollow fell through. One of the developer's subsidiaries, Targetfollow Property Holdings, went into administration. 

"We mean business - we bought the site to guarantee positive action, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

Muse Developments was appointed by the council last year to redevelop a scheme it claims can generate up to 700 new jobs and attract up to a further £100m in private sector investment. 

Planning consent has now been granted for a new multi-storey car park on the site, after the council secured a £5m grant from Network Rail to help pay for it. 

Work has now started to provide temporary car parking for commuters and users of existing leisure facilities in the period leading up to, and during, its construction.

Un-occupied public house The Cube has been demolished to make way for a 42-space temporary car park. The tenpin bowling alley will be closing down in February and is slated for demolition in March, making way for another 150 parking spaces.

Councillor Dave Goddard, Leader of Stockport Council, said: “We’re making great progress so far on the regeneration of Grand Central, since buying it last year.

“Part of our plan is to provide an excellent offer to commuters, and make it more convenient for people to take the train. To make sure there is minimal disruption while we construct the new multi-story car park, we are making sure that temporary parking is provided for commuters and users of the leisure facilities.

“We’re working closely with our development partner Muse to create a premier office and commuter destination, which will create jobs, attract investment and benefit the borough. We mean business - we bought the site to guarantee positive action, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

ConmanJanuary 24th 2012.

Amusing visual pun in the picture there, alluded to by the article title. Intentional?

Simon BinnsJanuary 25th 2012.

You give me far too much credit CM.

Nathan MJuly 9th 2012.

In my own opinion it was a bad move levelling all the hevan and hell branagans and most of all the bowling they for sure had there problems but where good places to go ie taking kids bowling and for the adults out clubbing now what does Stockport have over priced cinima and swimming baths and gym and for the shops well credit shops and pound stores well at least you can park your car up and get a tv or other products on stupidly high apr this will be marple if the supermarkets build on both of the sites that are marked for great thanks Stockport gov rant over and this is my own opinion

AnonymousDecember 6th 2012.

I totally agree with Nathan it's a shame they have pulled brannigans ; heaven and hell and the bowling alley it was a gr8 night out .there's nothing to do in Stockport nowadays .don't we have enough shops in Stockport . To have a good night out now you have to travel to Manchester and it's a rip of. Stockport just down the road for me and was a gr8 night out for adults or a nice family night out and not to far to travel. Gutted !!! :(

AnonymousJuly 11th 2014.

Are you kidding....... Stockport "was a gr8 night out for adults or a nice family night out" In the past Stockport Grand Central was full of unruly kids at night, it was a no go area after 8pm for "adults" and "nice ... family" Stockport Council are doing a good job now but a lot of Stockport town centre needs redeveloping since it looks tired and left behind or aloof to modernisation. Everyone can see that redevelopment is slowly happening now. Stockport town centre is well positioned to be a thriving 24/7 future public Oasis! ... it just got a little lost post the 90's.

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