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Leading Stockport law firm ONP is the latest business to take up residence at Stockport Exchange, Stockport’s exciting innovative business quarter forming a new gateway to the town centre.
Stockport Town Centre is undergoing an ambitious £1 billion programme of investment and transformation. This year will see a record number of projects get underway, putting Stockport Town Centre on the map as one of the prime business locations in Greater Manchester, creating new jobs, skills and growth opportunities.
Leading law firm ONP were officially welcomed to 2 Stockport Exchange by Stockport Council and Muse Developments at what has been described as ‘the North West’s most accessible business location.’
Keen to stay in the borough, ONP moved along the A6 from Hazel Grove, taking 22,901 sq ft of space on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Attracted not only by its new grade A office accommodation, their new prime location at Stockport Exchange will also help to attract and retain the best local talent for their growing team. ONP Group will join global chemical company BASF, who took up home at the development last year and global tech reseller musicMagpie.
The transformation of Stockport Exchange is being delivered in partnership by Stockport Council and national urban regenerators, Muse Developments. The area is an intrinsic part of the council’s ambitious Mayoral Development Corporation that will also see thousands of good quality new homes, creating a new and thriving, family friendly town centre community.
Stockport town centre is proving to be an appealing proposition for investors, developers and businesses confident in its ongoing transformation; the number of new businesses that have opened recently is testament to its success. With improvements to Merseyway underway and the popular Underbanks developing a thriving community of independent retailers, cafés, bars and restaurants, there’s never been a better time to live, work and play in Stockport.
Due to the overwhelming success of the development, Stockport Council and Muse have brought forward the next phase of the development of a further 64,000 sq ft of Grade A office space. Work on site is due to commence in the coming weeks after the scheme secured funding from the government’s Getting Building Fund – a £54 million investment for ‘shovel ready’ projects across Greater Manchester, to support the region’s economic recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic.
Leader of Stockport Council, Cllr Elise Wilson, said:
“I am delighted to welcome ONP to their new home in the stunning surroundings of Stockport Exchange, which has been a real game-changer for town centre office space and has set the bar high both in terms of location and quality.
“ONP are joining the town centre at a time of massive change to transform Stockport for the better, with work already started on the Transport Interchange and thousands of new homes in the pipeline, as well as improvements to Merseyway and the Underbanks.
“We continue to attract high-quality businesses to the town centre, and the confidence in Stockport from the private sector has been overwhelming. Our ambitious plans will widen our appeal even more, and we will be announcing more exciting plans for the town centre in the coming weeks. I wish ONP every success for the future.”
Tom Webber, Senior Development Surveyor at Muse Developments, said:
“It’s fantastic to see market confidence in what we’re achieving at Stockport Exchange and I’d like to welcome ONP to the community we’re creating here.
“Stockport is a thriving town with proud people and we’re delighted to be playing a catalytic part in the town’s success through our work with the council. Together, we’re delivering one of the region’s most accessible and connected business hubs that’s not only a providing a stunning place to work, but also providing a solid platform for economic growth while connecting the town to the opportunities available.”
James Argyle, Group CFO at ONP, said:
“We’re really excited to be in our new office space at Stockport Exchange.
“The building is a key enabler for us to reach our growth ambitions, as we continue to recruit experienced conveyancers, candidates for our conveyancing training academy and growth in the wider business. The flexible working space we have created allows us to transform our business through effective collaboration and being so close to transport links means we are really well connected to our other offices in Stoke, and London.”
The wider Stockport Exchange development will deliver up to 375,000 sq ft of office space and 28,000 sq ft of commercial retail and leisure floor space.
Photo from L to R: Waseem Haq, Chief Digital Officer at ONP; Cllr Elise Wilson, Leader of Stockport Council; James Argyle, Group CFO at ONP; Tom Webber, Senior Development Surveyor at Muse Developments.