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Old October 25th, 2007, 03:31 AM   #1
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Bridgefield - Stockport’s Future Unveiled At Exhibition

New exhibition suite opens Wednesday 17th October.

An exhibition designed to encourage public feedback on plans for the £500 million Bridgefield scheme to transform the centre of Stockport opens this week.

The Future Bridgefield Exhibition Suite, at 8 Brown Street, opens its doors for the first time on Wednesday 17 October to showcase how the scheme may look and to gauge public opinion as plans progress.

Developer Lend Lease, working in partnership with Stockport Council, is inviting local residents and businesses to visit the exhibition suite and share their thoughts on the proposed Bridgefield development.

As well as creating 2,000 jobs, the proposed Bridgefield development is expected to include 650,000 sq ft of retail, 80,000 sq ft of leisure and dining outlets, a multi-screen cinema, 250 residential apartments, as well as 1,750 car parking spaces.

Lend Lease Development Director Keith Redshaw commented:

“The opening of the exhibition suite marks the beginning of a formal consultation process taking place before plans are submitted to Stockport Council.

“It’s crucial with a scheme of this size and scope that local people get a chance to view the emerging plans and voice their opinions before we go to the next stage.

“The feedback we receive will be invaluable and will help to shape the final plans as we share our vision for the future of Stockport with as many people as possible.”

The Bridgefield scheme is central to Future Stockport, the council’s vision for the town centre and the site is adjacent to Merseyway Shopping Centre and the M60 motorway. If the development goes ahead, construction would start in 2010 and be completed in 2013.

Councillor Sue Derbyshire, Stockport Counci’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: "The Bridgefield scheme is at the heart of the Council's masterplan for the town centre, Future Stockport. The development has the potential to change the face of Stockport and make the town centre a real destination in which to live, work and shop. I urge everyone to take a look at the proposals and help influence the future of our town centre."

The Future Bridgefield Exhibition Suite, at 8 Brown Street in Stockport town centre, is open from Wednesday 17 October until 10 November between 10.00 and 16.00 Monday to Saturday with late opening until 19.00 on Thursdays. Visitors can see a 3D model of the proposed development, view information panels and ask for more information. Feedback forms are also available to capture visitor’s comments and suggestions.



£500m town centre developers here to do the real business.
Peter Devine
17/10/2007

A £500 million development in the town centre - involving a land mass the size of 20 football pitches - was launched on Monday.

The Bridgefield development is set to transform the centre of the town and give a new lease of life to Prince’s Street, with up to 650,000 sq ft of retail space, 80,000 sq ft of leisure and dining - including a multi-screen cinema - 250 residential apartments and 1,750 car parking spaces.

It is claimed the development will also help create up to 2,000 permanent jobs

The launch was attended by Stockport Council leader, Councillor Dave Goddard, planning officials and the representatives from the authority's preferred developer, Lend Lease.

The event also included an exhibition at 8 Brown Street, which is currently open to members of the public to give their opinion on the massive development.

Keith Redshaw, Lend Lease development director, said the finance was in place to get the scheme on site by 2010, with work set to be completed by 2013.

Mr Redshaw said: "We think that this is so important to show that we have a presence in Stockport. We are here to do business and we mean business.

"It's crucial with a scheme of this size and scope that local people get a chance to view the emerging plans and voice their opinions before we go to the next stage. The feedback we receive will be invaluable and will help shape the final plan as we share our vision for the future of Stockport with as many people as possible."

Coun Goddard said the plan was going to be the largest development for more than half a century adding: "People will be able to look at the drawings, plans and model and see what is happening in the town, and the difference it will make to Stockport."

Councillor Sue Derbyshire, the executive member for regeneration, said: "The Bridgefield scheme is at the heart of the council's masterplan for the town centre, Future Stockport. The development has the potential to change the face of Stockport and make the town centre a real destination in which to live, work and shop. I urge everyone to take a look at the proposals and help influence the future of our town."


The exhibition is open until November 10 between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday, with a late opening until 7pm on Thursdays at 8, Brown Street


http://www.futurebridgefield.co.uk/flash/welcome.html
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Old October 25th, 2007, 10:11 AM   #2
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Looks shit.
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Old October 25th, 2007, 10:13 AM   #3
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lol, well.... at least it *looks* like Stockport anyway.
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Old October 25th, 2007, 10:16 AM   #4
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lol, well.... at least it *looks* like Stockport anyway.
Thats what I was trying to say in as few words as possible!
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Old October 25th, 2007, 10:01 PM   #5
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Sounds like lots of sheds. An out of town development - in town?? I hope I'm wrong.
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Old October 26th, 2007, 11:31 AM   #6
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£500 million would be an extraordinary sum of money for a load of retail park sheds. I'm sure there's more to it than that; besides, the images on that site look OK to me. The thing is, there's no point in Stockport trying to devise schemes to compete with Manchester. Residents may disagree but Stockport is effectively a large suburb of Manchester and its developments are probably best designed accordingly.
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From the MEN:

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co....ield_bombshell

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Bridgefield bombshell
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12/ 8/2008

STOCKPORT'S £500m redevelopment scheme, Bridgefield, has been dealt a massive blow after Australian giant Lend Lease pulled out.

Council chiefs today demanded a meeting and full explanation from the company.

Bridgefield includes 650,000 sq ft of new shops, 80,000 sq ft of leisure and dining outlets, a multi-screen cinema, 250 residential apartments, as well as 1,750 car parking spaces. Construction had been expected to start in 2010.

Council leader Coun Dave Goddard said: "I want to know why Lend Lease have let down Stockport after years of negotiation and investment. This is a prestige site which offers major opportunities to the right developer.

"Stockport is an active, ambitious borough moving forward on a range of investments. We're benefiting from the £13m redevelopment of St Peter's Square, we have Sainsbury's as the development partner for Knightsbridge and there is amazing investment in our colleges. The building cranes have started to arrive.

"Lend Lease has invested millions of pounds in consulting and preparing plans. We all understand the credit crunch is having an effect but their action is bitterly disappointing."

Cllr Goddard has called Lend Lease's European executive Robin Butler to a meeting next week. Lend Lease was not available for comment.
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Lend Lease have done Stockport a favour by fucking off.
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Property Week.

Lend Lease pulls out of £500m Stockport development
12:24 | 12.08.08
By Deirdre Hipwell



Lend Lease has pulled out of a £500m plan to redevelop the Bridgefield town centre area of Stockport in the north west.

The Australian developer signed a development agreement with Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council in July last year. It planned to develop 650,000 sq ft of new shops, 80,000 sq ft of leisure and dining outlets, a multi-screen cinema, 250 residential apartments, as well as 1,750 car parking spaces.

It had intended to submit a planning application in Spring this year and construction was expected to start in 2010.

However, the council said Lend Lease pulled out of the plans on Friday.

Stockport Leader Cllr Dave Goddard has asked Lend Lease’s UK deputy chairman Robin Butler to attend a meeting next week to give a full explanation on the reasons for its withdrawal.

Cllr Goddard said: ‘I am bitterly disappointed that Lend Lease is not moving forward on this incredibly exciting project. I want to know why Lend Lease have let down Stockport after years of negotiation and investment. This is a prestige site which offers major opportunities to the right developer.

‘Stockport is an active, ambitious borough moving forward on a range of investments. We're benefitting from the £13m redevelopment of St Peter's Square, we have Sainsbury's as the development partner for Knightsbridge and there is amazing investment in our colleges. The building cranes have started to arrive.

‘Lend Lease have invested millions of pounds in consulting and preparing plans. But on Friday afternoon they told us they could no longer proceed. We all understand the credit crunch is having an effect but their action is bitterly disappointing.’

He said Lend Lease’s decision was ‘obviously a setback but we are big enough to deal with it and we are determined to move forward positively’. Goddard said the council had started actively appraising future options for the site.

When Lend Lease was selected as the preferred developer it said it planned to target the north-west as part of its strategy to revive under-performing towns and cities across the UK

A Lend Lease spokesman said: ‘Lend Lease has committed significant time and resources to progress proposals for the redevelopment of Stockport’s town centre and it is with much reluctance and regret that we are not able to take this scheme forward.

‘As a result of the deteriorating and unfavourable conditions prevailing in the retail development market, Lend Lease will not be pursuing the development opportunity at Bridgefield. We have advised Stockport Council that Lend Lease should no longer be considered as preferred developer for the Bridgefield scheme.’

‘Lend Lease remains supportive of Stockport Council’s regeneration proposals and its aspirations for the Bridgefield site and this decision does not affect the other projects within the Lend Lease development programme’.

Lend Lease has been hard hit by the downturn in the UK property market, particularly the residential sector. Earlier this month Lend Lease said its profit after tax in the current year to June was expected to reduce to A$265.4m (£125m) compared with A$497.5m (£235m) in 2007.

It wrote down the value of its UK residential business Crosby Lend Lease by A$121.5m (£56m) because of ‘continuing difficult market conditions which could see further pressure on residential sales prices and volumes’.
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Stockport Express.

Town centre future on scrap heap
Jennifer Williams
13/ 8/2008


STOCKPORT Council was left reeling this week, after developers dropped the bombshell they are pulling out of the £500million town centre redevelopment.

Lend Lease pulled the plug on the Bridgefield project after more than two years of work, blaming the credit crunch.

In a shock move the Australian construction giants told Council officers they would not be taking the project any further, leaving the authority devastated.

Bridgefield had been hailed as the new face of 21st Century Stockport, to kickstart new life and investment in the town centre. The news leaves the linch-pin of the authority’s ‘Future Stockport’ plans in ruins.

Council Leader Dave Goddard slammed the decision and demanded answers. He said: "I want to know why Lend Lease have let down Stockport after years of negotiation and investment.

"Lend Lease have invested millions of pounds in consulting and preparing plans. But on Friday afternoon they told us they could no longer proceed. We all understand the credit crunch is having an effect but their action is bitterly disappointing."

He added: "This is a prestige site which offers major opportunities to the right developer. This is obviously a setback but we are big enough to deal with it and we are determined enough to move forward positively."

Lend Lease were signed up as partners for the transformation of Bridgefield in 2006. Detailed plans of the development, which would have created 19 acres of new shops, apartments, car parking and leisure facilities, were put on display in the town centre last year.

But last week Lend Lease announced a 47 percent loss which it blamed on the credit crunch and the slump in the housing market.

Robin Butler, deputy chairman of Lend Lease Europe, insisted the company had not let Stockport down. He said: "Nobody could have foreseen the level of the economic problem; it’s no criticism of the Council and I don‘t think it’s any criticism of us.

"If you are asking me if we have let the Council down then no, absolutely not. And it’s not a debate I would like to get into in public. We have been working with the Council for over two years now and have spent millions on this process. The next stage would have been the planning application and we have told the Council we are not in the position to commit further capital sums to the project."

He added: "I have no doubt at some point there will be a development on the Bridgefield site and it will prove to be viable at some point. But I have no idea what time frame we are talking about."

Shoppers and retailers around Princes Street had a mixed reaction.

Eileen Watson, from Edgeley, said the town centre desperately needed the investment - and without it would degenerate further.

"Princes Street is beginning to look derelict," she said. "There has to be some investment. I wouldn’t be happy to bring a shopper from abroad to Stockport. But I think this project was badly conceived, badly pitched and they didn’t do their homework from the start."

John Titterton, whose family has run Tittertons butchers on Princes Street since 1920, was being asked to relocate to Underbank. He said he had no idea the plan had now collapsed.

He said: "We have been told absolutely nothing so I am very peeved. We were in limbo though so now we can start out as new. I know if we ended up moving to Underbank I wouldn’t have been able to afford the rent, so it is great news. But it’s just unfortunate nobody came and told us themselves - I think shop owners should be the first to know."

Elham Sfandiari, who has run Othello’s Cafe for ten years, was also going to have to move her business. She said: "Actually it’s good for us. It’s difficult to find somewhere else as good as this and find new customers. I am a bit surprised because of what they have done to regenerate nearby towns like Ashton. It does need some modernisation."

Stockport Chamber of Commerce said they were disappointed at the loss of the project, which now has no developer.
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From Place North West.

BCSC 08: Stockport aims for £100m savings at Bridgefield
12 November 2008, 12:32


Stockport council is finalising revised plans for the Bridgefield retail-led scheme abandoned by Lend Lease earlier this year.

Consultant Alistair Parker, partner and head of development at Cushman & Wakefield, is advising the council and said £100m could be trimmed off the £500m cost of the original scheme.

Parker said: "We are working with Stockport council to find ways to cut the cost of the scheme. Options include keeping existing street patterns and not building new streets as first planned. This saves on the cost of moving sewers and utilities and trims millions off the cost in one decision.

"We will also consider not asking the developer to pay for the new Metrolink tram station that will one day sit in the site; that could come later from other sources. The planned bridge over the River Mersey and re-doing the bus system are all contributions that we needn't require from developers now."

Bosses at the Sydney head office of Lend Lease pulled the plug on the Stockport plans in August citing the difficult economic climate. The original scheme proposed 650,000 sq ft of shops, a cinema, 250 residential units and 80,000 sq ft of leisure.

Parker added: "The council wants to get on with this and will not be asking developers to go through lengthy procurement contests at great expense which will not go down well in today's market."

The overall trading space of the Bridgefield scheme should not be affected, Parker said, as the scale needed to reflect the town's importance in the region.

No timetable has been given for the revised plans to be published.

Parker was speaking to Place at the British Council of Shopping Centres annual conference in Liverpool.
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So instead of killing off what was a really shit scheme they are planning on cobbling together a cheaper, even shitter scheme?
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Good grief!!!
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Stockport - MerseyWay - Help needed!

Guys,

I know there is a scheme for the Merseyway area in Stockport, possibly linked to public transport and certainly including public realm. I know there is/was a thread for this but i can't for the life of me find it.

Can anyone help? PM me if necessary.

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Guys,

I know there is a scheme for the Merseyway area in Stockport, possibly linked to public transport and certainly including public realm. I know there is/was a thread for this but i can't for the life of me find it.

Can anyone help? PM me if necessary.

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Was www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=539277 this it Gavin?
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The first help MerseyWay needs is from a large bomb.
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I think so, thanks.
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Old July 6th, 2010, 01:56 AM   #18
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Not the right thread, but it'll have to do.

Does anyone know what's happening on the site which was earmarked for IKEA, next to the Portwood roundabout? Tons going on. Lot's of very heavy machinery onsite. Cabins and hoardings everywhere. Looks like it's a pretty big job. Can't find anything on the Stockport planning portal as it's a pile of crap.
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Ya there has been lots going on there, you can see it when you go over the viaduct from Stockport heading into Manchester.
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I was wondering the same thing. Been tons of action over the last couple of weeks. Black coloured hoardings now up around the site, but no signage as to what's taking place.
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