John Sisk & Son has landed a £60m contract to build homes at a Grade II-listed former cotton mill in Stockport.
The Ireland-based contractor plans to build 250 apartments at Weir Mill, as well as two new blocks.
The project forms a central part of the wider £1bn town-regeneration project by developers Capital & Centric and the Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC). The latter was set up to deliver 4,000 new homes in the region.
In addition to homes, Sisk will build a new public space alongside the River Mersey, as well as a live event space for performances and markets.
Much of the design involves retaining and restoring some heritage industrial elements, such as an indoor space with cast-iron columns. The historical, working courtyard for the mills will be revamped into landscaped gardens and quiet spots. There will be 24,000 square foot of commercial space and 66,000 square foot of retail space.
Sisk’s UK north division managing director Alan Rodger said: “The redevelopment of Weir Mill is a key building block in the transformation of Stockport and we are delighted to be working with Capital & Centric to bring it back to life. Sisk has a strong track record in the northwest of delivering some great projects that bring life back to our cities and towns, while retaining the link with the architecture of our industrial past.”
Stockport MDC chair Lord Bob Kerslake said: “Particularly against the current volatility of the construction industry, this is a major achievement to get such a vision fully funded, with a respected contractor appointed and work set to start.”
The project is being funded by grants from the Homes England Housing Infrastructure Fund and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Brownfield Fund. Plans were approved in October 2021.
Strip-out and limited demolition work is currently being carried out on site and Sisk is set to take over with the main construction work in June. Delivery is planned for 2024.