A planning application has been submitted to Stockport Council for the latest phase of redevelopment on Stockport College’s Wellington Road South campus.
The second phase of the £24 million redevelopment of the college site will see the existing Theatre and Multipurpose Hall building on Wellington Road South demolished and replaced by a new main entrance to the campus and a building that will house a new business centre and high quality teaching facilities, adding over 1,800 sq ft to the plot’s floorspace. Landscaping and a redesigned courtyard will also help to link the new building with earlier phase of the redevelopment.
Seddon began work on Phase 1 of the redevelopment of Stockport College in November 2020. Construction of a new arts building and the refurbishment of Vernon Tower to provide new teaching facilities are expected to complete ahead of the start of the 2021/22 academic year in September.
Designs for the new building have been prepared by Project 3 Architects in Hale, who said in the planning application submitted to Stockport Council that “The overall design is intended to reflect the college’s approach to teaching, being open, welcoming, and modern.”
In addition to teaching facilities, the building will also become home to a new Business Centre, aimed at helping the College attract external investment and funding through developing closer links to local business.
Should planning for the latest phase development be approved, the new building is targeted for completion ahead of the Autumn 2022 term.
Planning permission for the whole redevelopment project was approved by Stockport Council in 2018. In April, Stockport College’s owners, Trafford College Group, confirmed the sale of part of its campus to property developers, Investar, who will deliver a new urban village on Greek Street which will be a flagship scheme brought forward by Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation as part of their redevelopment of the Town Centre West area.