Completion of Heritage Apartments in Stockport Town Centre

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Completion of Heritage Apartments in Stockport Town Centre

Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust, in partnership with Stockport Council, have completed the restoration of a number of buildings of historic significance, located in the Lower Hillgate area of Stockport Town Centre, creating in the process 51 high quality affordable homes.

The multi million pound scheme, was supported by the Homes and Communities Agency, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Council, and is the final scheme to be completed under the Hillgate Townscape Heritage initiative.

The location has offered 24 apartments for shared ownership purchase and another 27 homes for rent across three buildings; namely Joseph Leigh House (formerly ‘Peaches Nightclub’), Marsland House (formerly ‘Clarkes’) and The Old School House (formerly ‘The Institute’).

The site possesses a rich history going back many hundreds of years. Early historical maps show a Presbyterian Chapel and Textile Mill. The latter was replaced in 1889 by the Reform Club, which was built using finance from local industrialist, Joseph Leigh. At the turn of the century, the Bishop Brown Industrial School was constructed on the northern portion of the site.

Whilst maintaining as many architectural features as possible; the first phase of redevelopment was to convert the ‘The Institute’ (Ref ‘B’) and ‘Clarkes’ (Ref ‘A’) buildings; which formed part of the original school, into new apartments. By addition of a ‘steel framed’ extension, the existing ‘Clarkes’ building was also extended and incorporated a ground floor car park.

The second phase comprised conversion of the ‘Reform Club’ (Ref ‘C’), which rescued this important but neglected ornate building and regenerated the area around it, including the historic graveyard, which was at a raised level relative to the surrounding buildings. This was developed into a communal garden, in close conjunction with conservation officers from Stockport Council.