As part of Muse Developments’ mixed-use regeneration scheme, the first office of the Stockport Exchange has reached practical completion, and once fully completed the building will include 375,000 sq ft of office space and 28,000 sq ft of commercial floor space.
The five-storey Stockport Exchange will be located next to the town’s train station, and work to create the 50,000 sq ft of Grade A office space has been completed by Eric Wright Construction, with the first office set to provide up to 10,850 sq ft floorplates across four levels.
Muse Developments have also confirmed that talks are underway with two more potential occupiers for the first two floors of the building, and Sainsbury’s have entered into an agreement to operate a local store in one of the ground floor retail units, which is expected to be open by January 2017.
“Completing the first office is a major milestone in this game-changing development for Stockport” commented Wes Erlam, the development director at Muse. “Stockport Exchange is truly transforming this part of the town, which is unrecognisable even from a just a few months ago. With Holiday Inn Express and Sainsbury’s due to open in the next two months and attractive new public space nearly finished, it will soon become a thriving commercial district.”
The Stockport Exchange regeneration zone is being launched in partnership with Stockport Council, and it will play host to a 115-bed Holiday Inn Express as well as pedestrianised public space outside of the train station, with other improvements such as a new taxi rank and a dedicated drop-off facility also expected to follow.
So it is exciting times for the locals of Stockport, who soon may not even be able to recognise a main area of their home town due to these developments, and 2017 could possibly provide the platform for even more improvements in the future.