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

Numbers:

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

Features:

  • 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

Issues:

  • 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.

Outcome:

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.