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Willmott Dixon selected for multi-million pound Stockport interchange development

Date: 25/01/2022

Categories: Case Studies

Willmott Dixon has been selected as the contractor of choice by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) following a Further Competition through our Major Works Framework. The project will include the delivery of a new interchange with a rooftop park and associated residential development in Stockport town centre.

The multi-million-pound project is part of a major redevelopment scheme being undertaken by TfGM, Stockport Council, and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) in conjunction with CityHeart and Rise Homes as the appointed Development Partner and Gresham House as equity investor for the residential element of the scheme.



Mobility and recreation

Procured using our Major Works Framework, the transport interchange will feature an innovative two-acre rooftop park which will improve leisure and recreation opportunities in the town centre and create more green space for everyone to enjoy. The park is expected to encourage wildlife and biodiversity as well as provide a safe environment for people to meet and relax.

Beneath the unique rooftop park, there will be a fully accessible, covered passenger concourse in the interchange with seated waiting areas, cycle storage facilities and 20 bus stands, providing capacity for future growth in bus services.

It will also provide new cycling and walking routes to the train station, Trans Pennine Trail and town centre. In a small nod to the past, the new interchange will also retain a couple of GMPTE glass panels from the old bus station.

Having secured the additional funding required for the residential element, and with contracts now signed, construction works on the site of the old bus station in Stockport town centre are now underway.



196 high quality apartments

As part of the wider development, residential partners CityHeart and Rise Homes will deliver a landmark residential development comprising 196 high quality apartments to provide new homes into the heart of the town centre. The scheme is being delivered with support from GMCA, Stockport Council and a grant from Homes England, plus equity from the British Strategic Investment Fund managed by Gresham House.


Upskilling in the community

As a part of the project Willmott Dixon will be working alongside local supply chain partners to create 40 local jobs and upskill the next generation of construction professionals through apprenticeship and trainee programmes.

They will also be running three Building Lives Academies on site; employment and training programmes dedicated to supporting local care leavers, ex-military and people with disabilities to gain valuable construction skills, experience and support into employment.


Anthony Dillon, Managing Director for Willmott Dixon in the North, said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with TfGM, Stockport Council and the development, design and funding partners to play our part in shaping the future of Stockport town centre and creating a transformational new gateway for local people. This is an exciting investment in Stockport, and the project’s dynamic design will boost the town centre’s biodiversity and create a vibrant, innovative space that celebrates the town’s rich history and unique character.”



Jonathan Parker, Head of Construction, said: “I’m really pleased to see this fantastic project awarded following procurement through our Major Works Framework. After initial engagement, TfGM opted to procure the works through a two stage further competition process. This route ensured they received the number of bids they required and ultimately the best value for their spend.

“Social value is at the core of everything we do as a business and on every project we’re part of we work closely with suppliers and clients to maximise community benefit. To see such positive outcomes expected from this investment is brilliant and is something I will follow closely as it progresses.”


The delivery of the Stockport interchange development on behalf of TfGM represents the latest in a suite of projects for Willmott Dixon in Manchester and the surrounding area. The company are onsite at LTE Group's Manchester city centre campus, delivering a £54m learning centre of excellence for creative and digital industries across Greater Manchester. Furthermore, in Rochdale, the company are delivering Upperbanks, a £60m scheme for Rochdale Borough Council to build 242 apartments and a Hampton by Hilton hotel in the town centre.


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