Totally Stockport Magazine Issue 15

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A multi-million-pound hospital for Stockport?

ealthcare services in Stockport could be radically transformed after ambitions to build a new state-ofthe-art hospital in the centre of Stockport were unveiled. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stepping Hill Hospital, will be bidding for Stockport to have one of 40 new hospitals to be built as part of a £3.7 billion Government programme. The New Hospitals Programme aims to build the new hospitals by 2030 and has already announced 32 new build projects. It is now looking for a further eight projects, and Stockport is hoping to be one of them. Karen James, OBE, Chief Executive of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Stepping Hill Hospital is an ageing hospital that was not designed to deliver modern acute services and we are also facing a £95m maintenance bill. But even if we had the funds available to carry out all the work needed, it still would not provide the modern hospital environment patients and staff deserve.”

It is estimated the Government would need to invest around £500m in the creation of a new hospital for the people of Stockport and the surrounding areas. With no room on the existing site to build a new hospital, the Trust is currently looking at an area of the town centre that incorporates the Heaton Lane multi-storey car park and former Debenhams store. Karen said: “We know that many of our patients, visitors and staff, particularly those living in outlying areas, don’t find it easy to get to Stepping Hill Hospital. The proposed town centre site is close to key transport hubs and would also allow us, as a major employer in the town, to play our part in the exciting regeneration of Stockport.” Public support for the proposed new hospital plan will be crucial to a successful bid to the New Hospitals Programme. The Trust has launched a campaign to gather and encourage that support. Information about the new hospital plans, together with details about how people can ask questions about the proposal and show their support for a new Stockport hospital, will be made available on the Trust’s website www.stockport.nhs.uk

Stockport Exchange Phase Four to begin early, in 2022

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ollowing the granting of planning consent, Muse Developments and Stockport Council are aiming for work on the latest phase of Stockport Exchange - the area around Stockport Station - to begin early in 2022. Planning consent was approved following the developers’ decision to bring forward the latest phase of work on the site after securing £4.2 million of funding from the Government’s ‘Getting Building Fund’ through Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Phase 4 of Stockport Exchange, one of Greater Manchester’s most connected and accessible business hubs, will include a 64,000 sq ft high-quality office building, along with an innovative 400-space multi-storey car park for office occupiers, featuring electric vehicle charging points and a green ‘living’ wall. The £145 million development sits as part of the Council’s wider £1 billion town centre regeneration programme and visionary Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC).

Three phases of development have been successfully delivered at Stockport Exchange: a 115-bedroom Holiday Inn Express, a 1,000-space NCP multi-storey car park, two stunning office buildings totalling 120,000 sq ft with ground-floor retail, sat within extensive public realm. Hazel Grove based O’Neill Patient will be relocating to Stockport

Exchange joining international and national occupiers BASF, musicMagpie and Stagecoach. Tom Webber, senior development surveyor at Muse, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement from everyone involved with Stockport Exchange. The country’s economic recovery will come from our towns and cities and with people looking to return to the office, it’s clear that there’s still a strong demand to bring forward high-quality office space and infrastructure, but it must promote wellbeing, sustainability and active travel to be fit for the office of the future. Stockport Exchange ticks all those boxes and existing occupier feedback has been very positive on how the scheme fully serves the needs of their teams. “Together with our partners at Stockport Council, we’re investing in and repurposing the town centre, transforming it into one of the most connected and vibrant destinations, which is acting as a catalyst for further place-changing regeneration through the Mayoral Development Corporation.”


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