City Architecture Office  
 
 

Stockport Urban Vision

 

Project Value: £75 Million
Client: Stockport Metropolitan Council
Competition
2003


Stockport is a place of urban contrasts; mediaeval streets, industrial revolutionary relics, modern commercial development and major transport routes. The centre of Stockport has however become fragmented, disparate and ill-defined. Our proposal seeks to reinvigorate the centre by uniting its strongest assets with vibrant new piazzas offering activities and events. At the same time, care has been taken to retain the history of the place.

To this end, the proposal consists of three main elements:
  1. A new urban piazza at St. Peter’s Church is suitable for large scale public events and spectacles. It forms a cultural and social heart of the town. This comprises of cultural, religious, residential, retail, office, workspaces, hotels and strengthening of the links to Mersey Square and beyond.
  2. Redefinition of Mersey Square with new public spaces and an iconic marker on the Mersey River. By stitching this space to the Plaza steps, Bus station and Mersey Way Centre, the space asserts its importance within the town.
  3. Emphasising the striking geological features and change in level between 1 & 2 above. The Introduction of a sequence of linear & vertical elements celebrates this unique topographical arrangement. The clearance of low quality building fragments and placement of new structures makes the entire site legible and inviting.

 
Stockport Urban Vision

Stockport Urban Vision