Key role for Willmott Dixon at £20m Stockport community hub project

CGI of Stockport Council’s multi-functional Community Hub in Marple

Willmott Dixon’s team of leisure experts are helping Stockport Council to develop a community hub in Marple, Stockport  supported by a £20m grant from the Levelling Up Fund.

Stockport Council has submitted a planning application for the development, procured through Procure Partnerships Framework. 

The project will deliver a two-storey community hub located in Marple Memorial Park with a five-lane swimming pool, a ground floor library with a small cafe, a 60-station fitness suite, shared community spaces and the relocated Marple clinic.

The formal planning submission follows an extensive consultation process to finalise the designs, which will see Marple’s existing police station, library and a health clinic demolished to make way for the new hub - with all of those uses retained on the site. 

The library and clinic will be relocated into the new complex with the police relocated into Hollins House. 

The hub project will also replace the village’s previous swimming pool which closed in 2018.

Pending planning permission, the project will complete by the end 2025.

The development follows the official opening of Stockport’s transformation town-centre Viaduct Park and Interchange, delivered by Willmott Dixon for Transport for Greater Manchester. 

Earlier this month Stockport was also officially named the Best Place to Live in the North West of England by the Sunday Times. 

Councillor Colin MacAlister, Stockport Council cabinet member for economy, regeneration and housing, said: “We have listened to what the people of Marple have said and this fantastic new facility reflects what local people have wanted in their area for a long time.

“I am delighted that we continue to move this forward. If planning is granted, this hub is going to make a huge, positive impact on the prosperity, health and wellbeing of the residents of Marple and the borough.”

Anthony Dillon, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the North said: “We’re proud to be working in partnership with Stockport Council once again, and to be playing our part in creating a vibrant and innovative community hub for the people of Marple.

“In delivering Stockport Interchange and Viaduct Park, we worked alongside incredible local organisations such as Pure College, the Webb Lane Community Allotments, The Wellspring and The Samaritans and we look forward to continuing to support more amazing local causes.

“At Marple Community and Leisure Hub we are committed to delivering a social return on investment of £3.78m including 132 weeks of apprenticeship training and 40 weeks of work placements. 

“We look forward to also running two bespoke ‘Building Lives Academy’ skills programmes for students with special educational needs and for care leavers.”

Willmott Dixon has nearly 90 years’ experience in the wet leisure sector. In the last 10 years, the business has built more than 160 leisure facilities for private, public and educational sector customers. 

A decision on the development is expected in June 2024.


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