WSP appointed to Stockport Town Centre and Town Centre West Infrastructure Programme

Engineering and professional services consultancy WSP has been appointed as the multidisciplinary engineering consultancy for the Stockport Town Centre and Town Centre West Infrastructure Programme.

WSP will provide a full range of services to help the council develop a blueprint for future infrastructure provision across Stockport town centre and the planned Town Centre West masterplan, which is being delivered by the region’s first Mayoral Development Corporation.

The infrastructure programme will help drive and facilitate plans to re-purpose 130 acres of Stockport town centre from low-density industrial land to create a whole new urban neighbourhood featuring up to 3,500 new low carbon homes and 1 million sq. ft of employment space along with social infrastructure, greenspace and public realm. In addition, there are a further 1,500 homes planned across the wider the town centre, which will result in up to 10,000 potential new residents.   

Comments Kevin Riley, Director of Transport at WSP: “We welcome the opportunity to continue to support Stockport Council having already played a major role in leading initial transport and infrastructure work on the Stockport Town Centre West MDC Masterplan, Stockport Interchange and many other projects in and around the town centre.

"Critical to this support is the transformation from today’s infrastructure environment towards a ‘smart’ town centre which prioritises digital connectivity, sustainability and low carbon development, while at the same time remaining flexible and responsive as development opportunities emerge. WSP’s ‘Future Ready’ approach will play a key role in this, enabling us to work with the council towards a future proof design which is embedded from the outset.”

Stockport town centre and Town Centre West has been identified as a key case study for the Greater Manchester Infrastructure Programme (GMIP); a multi-year, multi-decade investment programme, co-funded by Government and Greater Manchester, to deliver the transport and economic infrastructure the region needs to realise its potential and rebalance the national economy, delivery inclusive growth and achieving carbon neutrality.

WSP’s work will provide further evidence to support the proposal being made to government, as well as feeding into the development of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and the Stockport Local Plan.

Cllr Elise Wilson, Leader of Stockport Council, said: “Stockport is in the midst of a £1bn regeneration boom and along with the recent announcement that we will be fast-tracking the arrival of Metrolink to the town,  means we will need to have best in class infrastructure provision to ensure Stockport is a thriving place to live, work and visit.

“We have a strong working relationship with WSP which has brought incredible local knowledge and world-class expertise to a number of major projects in Stockport. We look forward to continuing this partnership on the next phase of the town’s renaissance.”

The Manchester office of landscape architecture and urban design practice OPEN (Optimised Environments Manchester) will support WSP, providing advice on public spaces and realm which support and compliments infrastructure requirements.

WSP has led on a number of high-profile urban regeneration programmes in the North West, including supporting Liverpool City Council for over 15 years to deliver sustainable infrastructure and a future ready energy strategy, and delivering a complex urban regeneration masterplan for Warrington town centre.

 

Stockport Town Centre 1920 x 750

View of Stockport Town Centre

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For further information please contact Debbie Bradley at Anita Morris Associates on debbie@anitamorrisassociates.co.uk 01943 603311 

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About WSP

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.

With more than 8,200 talented people in the UK and approximately 49,500 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high-profile UK projects including the re-development of London Bridge Station and Quarter, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, HS2, Transport for the North Strategic Development Corridor studies, One Blackfriars and the Shard.

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