Gillespies and CARA construction deliver public realm for Stockport Exchange

A new public realm for the second phase of the Stockport Exchange regeneration project is now open for business.

Gillespies' public realm design complete. Image: David Millington
Gillespies' public realm design complete. Image: David Millington

The new Gillespies-designed space creates "a memorable gateway and arrival experience for the town, redefining the pedestrian route to the town centre as a grand formal boulevard", the landscape architect firm said.

The new flagship development, a new mixed-use business hub with Grade A office accommodation, a 115-bed hotel, a new public square and a link to Stockport Station, was delivered by Muse Developments in partnership with Stockport Council.

CARA construction was the landscape contractor on the project.

Gillespies said that the design "provides a high quality setting for the new development, transforming the challenging levels into a sculptural landscape of cascading terraces that encourages social interaction and relaxation in and around the central green plateau.

"Bold avenues of trees and granite walls reinforce the sweeping curves that inform the space together with feature lighting that animates the space during the hours of darkness."

The firm said it was aiming at an "elegant and contemporary, yet deliberately understated" design.

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