Specifier Review
Weir Mill, in Stockport

£60m development plans to bring Stockport’s Weir Mill back to life

BDP’s designs for a mixed use 253-home development at the Grade II Listed former cotton factory, Weir Mill, in Stockport have been submitted for planning and listed building consent.

The plans for developer, Capital and Centric, include restoration of the mill buildings and the construction of two new buildings to create a thriving new community in the town.

The reimagined Weir Mill will feature a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, as well as 24,000 sq ft of commercial space across the existing and new buildings. The adjoining West Shed is intended to become a relaxed and flexible co-working space, set amongst the amazing brick vault ceilings.

87 of the one, two and three-bedroom apartments will be housed within the existing East Mill and West Mill buildings and a further 167 would be spread across two new buildings, designed to create new industrial architecture to contrast and complement the old.

Following two rounds of public consultation, extensive outdoor space is being created within the development, including a new public square, a river terrace, courtyard, private balconies and a rooftop terrace.

In addition, the designs incorporate spaces for independent businesses, such as shops, café-bars or delis, as well as a public space looking out across the River Mersey. The riverside zone, which would include a pontoon, could be used as a venue for street markets, DJ sets and live music events.

Weavers Square, a new public space is intended to create a flexible place for markets and events, and is located next to the Grade II*-Listed Stockport Viaduct, giving people the opportunity to experience the scale of the amazing structure up close. The Square will feature retained cast-iron columns from the site’s former weavers shed, while West Courtyard, another of the development’s outdoor spaces, provides a post-Covid green oasis for residents.

Mark Braund, Architect Director at BDP, said: “This project is an exciting opportunity to bring a dilapidated mill building in a key location within Stockport into vibrant new use. These plans will go a long way to expressing the importance of the mill’s place in Stockport’s industrial heritage, whilst linking the development into the wider regeneration of the town.

“From our public consultation activity, we understand that local people are looking for spaces where, in the future, they can make more meaningful connections and interactions. Weir Mill does just that – providing stunning modern homes and a plethora of communal, public spaces for the whole community.”

Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric, added: “In the future, dynamic and progressive town centres like Stockport will be full of residents.

“We think Weir Mill will set the standard for town centre communities and take on the cities when it comes to where people choose to live.”

Stockport Council Leader, Councillor Elise Wilson said: “The Weir Mill site is a key part of our Town Centre West regeneration plans and ambition to create the newest, coolest, and greenest urban neighbourhood in Greater Manchester.

Stockport Council’s planning committee is expected to make a decision on the proposals in spring of 2021.

About BDP

BDP is an international interdisciplinary practice of architects, engineers, designers and urbanists. We work closely with users, clients and the community to create special places for living, working, shopping, culture and learning across the world. Founded in 1961, we now have studios across the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, UAE, India, China, Singapore and Canada. BDP has a leading track record in all major sectors including health, education, workplace, retail, urbanism, heritage, housing, transport and leisure and has won over 1000 awards for design quality.

In March 2016, BDP combined forces with Japan’s leading engineering practice Nippon Koei to form an integrated design group of genuine international reach. Sharing a philosophy which places an emphasis on design integration and community impact, the new group offers a unique combination of deep technical skills in engineering, architecture and the full range of design disciplines.