St. Thomas’ Gardens, Stockport

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Location: Former St. Thomas’ Hospital, Shaw Heath, Stockport

Client: Stockport Homes Group and Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council


  • 68 dwellings (49 apartments and 19 houses)
  • 100% affordable housing provision
  • 6,762m² intermediate care facility (The Academy of Living Well)


  • Former hospital site vacant since 2004
  • Grade II listed buildings on-site dating back to 1840s when the site operated as a former workhouse complex
  • Unique design opportunity to retain and enhance heritage features
  • Securing an exemplar development within Stockport’s Mayoral Development Zone
  • Continuing the momentum for growth and development within Stockport town centre
  • Creation of a new inter-generational community
  • Delivering a new model for social care to support transitional care needs and positive, healthy ageing within Stockport through The Academy of Living Well


  • Setting the precedent for high quality design within the Mayoral Development Zone and Royal George Quarter
  • Delivering a quality design that retains and enhances the heritage significance of the site and existing buildings
  • Balancing viability constraints with design aspirations
  • Permeability and connectivity through the site and with the town centre

Summary of NJL Approach:

NJL provided planning advice in relation to the scheme design and lead pre-application process with the Council and stakeholders including a presentation to the Places Matter! panel.  The scheme was publicised through local media, residents mailshot and through social media channels receiving significant support.

We coordinated all supporting documentation to inform a detailed planning application and agreed the basis of the planning case in support of the application involving demolition of listed buildings to support the scheme proposals.


Through close collaboration with the Council and the design team, the outcome has been a high-quality design response to the site’s unique heritage context and an application was submitted in September 2020.