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Willmott Dixon To Deliver New Interchange In Stockport

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Willmott Dixon has been appointed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to deliver 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 Transport for Greater Manchester (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.

Procured using the Pagabo 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.

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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.

Chris Barnes, Head of Projects Group at TfGM said: "We are delighted to be working with Willmott Dixon to bring together this landmark development for Stockport town centre.

"The new interchange, which is due to open to passengers in 2024, will act as a welcoming gateway for the town and provides much improved facilities for public transport users, in line with the standards that have been set at the numerous other new interchanges we have delivered across Greater Manchester in recent years.

"It will also see the delivery of easier and improved routes into the wider town centre and to the railway station, as well as improved accessibility between the interchange and the A6."

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