The rain did not dampen spirits as the start on Stockport’s newest industrial park, Aurora Stockport, was celebrated at a ground breaking ceremony earlier this week.
Attended by representatives from Stockport Council, led by Councillor Kate Butler, Seddon Construction and CBRE, the ceremony marked the official start of work transforming the 18 acre site into a modern 145,000 sq ft industrial park.
Sitting alongside Junction 1 of the M60, Aurora Stockport will breathe new life into an area that has sat derelict over recent years, redeveloping the area and creating new opportunities for local businesses and an estimated 240 jobs locally.
Part of a £1 billion Investing in Growth work that is underway across Stockport, Aurora Stockport is being developed by the Council in partnership with Carillion and CBRE. The £12m development comes at a time when demand for industrial units locally continues to increase due to the town’s exceptional workforce and connectivity.
Leading contractor, Seddon Construction has begun work and will be managing the site’s transformation over the next 12 months.
Interest from local occupiers in Aurora Stockport is already high. Comprising 10 industrial units ranging from 8,700 sq ft to 47,000 sq ft the park’s location and facilities make it ideal for any business looking to grow or for their next home.
Councillor Kate Butler, Executive Member for Regeneration and Economy at Stockport Council said "I am delighted to have been part of the ground breaking at Aurora Stockport celebrating the start of work. The opportunities that this work will bring not only for businesses but also local residents are significant, and I am excited to think about how the transformation and our work will benefit so many.”
Ed Wootton, North West Regional Director for Seddon, said "Stockport is in the midst of an exciting period of growth and Seddon are thrilled to be a part of it. We will be working closely with our local supply chain partners to create jobs and training opportunities during the project, building on our long established approach to employing apprentices.”
CBRE have been appointed as sole agents for Aurora Stockport and Steve Capper of CBRE comments that "The strength of the Stockport industrial market has been clearly demonstrated by the high levels of demand that we are already receiving, with terms now being discussed with several occupiers. Together with the excellent quality of the estate and the prime location I would fully expect this interest to increase as the works progress.”
Full information about the Growth projects being undertaken as part of Stockport Council's Investing in Stockport programme can be viewed at www.stockport.gov.uk/investingingrowth