Stockport Council is celebrating the success of the town’s flagship leisure development, Redrock, which has so far brought a cash injection of over £4.5m to Stockport businesses.
Main contractor, Wates Construction, began building work last spring and has been joined on site by Stockport-based sub-contractors, Williams Construction and McCrory Brickwork, who were each awarded contracts valued at £3.5m and £1.1m respectively.
The local economic boost is the latest benefit brought to the town by Stockport Council’s £45m investment in its new leisure destination. The site has also played host to over 21 apprentices and trainees, work experience placements and more than 100 construction workers from across Greater Manchester.
Wates are also continuing to engage with local schools and colleges. This has seen them get involved in Stockport Council’s fifth annual ‘Young Apprentice’ tournament at Edgeley Park, where teams of students were challenged to design robots that would improve health and safety on construction sites.
Wates’ work at Redrock is gathering pace with the cinema’s steel frame now complete. The development’s car park is nearing completion and 2017 will see the installation of the link bridge to Debenhams, the building’s completion and interior fit outs ahead of the opening in November.
Once complete, Redrock will bring a new leisure development to the heart of Stockport, together with a new 360-space car park. Already signed up to open at Redrock are The Light Cinema, Pizza Express, Zizzi and Gourmet Burger Kitchen.
The new development forms part of Stockport Council’s Investing in Stockport programme, which is investing over £1 billion into Stockport over a five-year period, helping ensure the town grows and is as successful as possible. Estimates predict that this influx of investment will generate at least 5,000 employment opportunities for the town.
Councillor Kate Butler, Executive Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council said:
“It’s great to hear about local firms and residents benefitting from the work taking place at Redrock. Whilst the transformation our Investing in Stockport work is bringing to Stockport’s landscape is vital, of equal importance to us is ensuring residents and businesses benefit from the investments and the opportunities being created from day one. The work at Redrock demonstrates this in action.”
Tony Shenton, Business Unit Director of Wates Construction North West, commented:
“Redrock is playing a major role in the ongoing investments being made in Stockport so it is right and fitting that it is being used to bring so much benefit to the town. As well as creating on-site employment and training opportunities we have also fulfilled a commitment to engage local supply chain partners, the benefit of which is that the positive economic impact of our work will continue to be felt long after we have left the site.”
To find out more about Redrock Stockport visit www.redrockstockport.co.uk