Work has begun on the £60m transformation of Stockport’s Weir Mill that will see the space filled with independent bars, restaurants and shops, along with 250 design-led apartments.

With funding from Stockport Council and Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation, the iconic Weir Mill is set to become the centrepiece of a new creative neighbourhood.

Located in Stockport Town Centre West, the space will feature distinct zones with different vibes, from the contemplative garden space of West Courtyard to Weavers Square, a buzzing new public space for markets, DJ sets and cultural pop-ups.

The plans include:

Chestergate and King Street West: A new gateway into the town centre, with ground floor spaces for independent shops, cafes or delis and plenty of lush greenery.

Water Front: A new public space looking out across the River Mersey, providing a place for riverside chilling in the evening sun or some fine dining in the restored Wheel house overlooking the water.

Weir Mill East: Sensitively designed new buildings featuring a mix of homes, drawing inspiration from the site’s manufacturing history.

Weavers Square: What will become the heart of the scheme and a new destination for Stockport. The old cast iron columns of Weavers Shed are being retained to create a vibrant new outdoor space for riverside street markets, DJ sets, live music events and performing arts.

West Shed: A striking indoor space with exposed brick vaulted arches and cast-iron columns, creating a relaxed space to take your laptop, grab a coffee and while away the day.

West Courtyard: The former working courtyard to the mills, this will be a quieter, more contemplative garden space for residents and the general public to chill out, with plants, trees and secluded spaces to explore.

The site is a cornerstone project for Stockport MDC’s Town Centre West masterplan — an integral part of the £1bn town centre-wide transformation. Town Centre West comprises a series of regeneration and development projects – including the nearby Stockport 8 and Stockport Interchange sites – which will bring new jobs, homes, transport infrastructure, leisure and amenities to the town centre, helping to create the most sustainable and liveable town centre in Greater Manchester.

Capital&Centric are looking after the regeneration, the same Manchester-based team behind the Kampus garden neighbourhood.

Mon 25 Jul, Weir Mill,
Chestergate, Stockport SK3 0AG
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Tue 26 Jul 2022