Development plans unveiled for Merseyway Shopping Centre
tockport is changing, large areas of the town are being transformed into dynamic and desirable places to live, work, play and shop. Plans are set to continue at Merseyway in 2020 when Stockport Council will be investing in creating a state-of-the-art facility, , more greenery, updated toilet facilities, and more events and activities. Development at the former M&S store is currently underway having been purchased by Glenbrook (read more on page 5) and the former BHS store has also been sold for redevelopment. Mersey Square, the gateway to Merseyway will soon be undergoing a makeover including the planting of 26 semi-mature trees enhancing the greenery, improving bio-diversity and creating a natural habitat for wildlife and an area for contemplation, relaxation, rest and shade.
style entrance to the centre, a new stair and lift core, baby and child amenity space and a quiet room. The re-fronting of existing retail to create a contemporary uniform appearance and public realm improvements will improve the centre’s links to the historic core of Stockport and to the new transport interchange being constructed with TfGM (due for completion in 2022). High streets need to adapt to changing shopping habits; Merseyway are taking an innovative approach and are coming up with ways to re-purpose former shop units to creating centres of entertainment for visitors including
Commencing later in 2020, new landscaping to the main Merseyway mall will feature places to sit, places for live entertainment and the latest technology that will build on a programme of events for the whole family. Investing £3.5m in 2020, Stockport Council plans to create a new entrance into Merseyway via Adlington Walk. Plans include for a new ‘hotel lobby’
go-karting, games and virtual reality experiences. Found out more at: www. stockport.gov.uk (Images used are for illustration purposes only)
BASF to move UK Headquarters to Stockport Exchange
lobal chemical company, BASF, is set to move its UK headquarters to 2 Stockport Exchange in Stockport town centre - the second office building at the town’s most exciting and accessible business hub. Richard Carter, managing director of BASF in the UK and Ireland, said: “We are looking forward to moving our UK headquarters from Cheadle to this exciting new ‘connected’ location later this year. Our new office space in Stockport Exchange will feature open and collaborative workspace to enable new and more agile ways of working. The move is part of an ongoing Future of Work project which will deliver a
better workplace experience through improved digitalisation, increased flexibility and empowered leadership.” The wider £145m Stockport Exchange transformation, delivered in partnership by Stockport Council and national urban regeneration specialist, Muse Developments, sits centrally to the council’s ambitious £1bn regeneration programme. This includes a new transport interchange, which will build on Stockport’s first-class connectivity; the Mayoral Development Corporation – the first of its kind nationally – will create a new urban village with 3,500 homes and up to 1 million sq ft of commercial space.
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