Advancements being made on pioneering hub for creativity and inspiration in the heart of Stockport’s town centre

Town centres across the UK are facing challenges in recovering from the decline of High Street shopping and the significant economic impact of Covid-19.

Exciting plans for Stockroom were approved in 2021, with funding secured through a successful bid from Stockport Council for £14.5m of Government ‘Future High Streets Fund’ money. This project will transform 135,000 sq ft of empty retail units in the heart of Merseyway shopping centre.

Work is well underway to bring creativity, discovery, and inspiration to Stockport’s high street. The updated hoardings around the building site are generating excitement about the future developments.

Stockroom will be a welcoming, family-friendly space in the town centre, offering opportunities for play, learning, and exploration. It will include a library service, a high-quality cafe, access to Stockport’s heritage collection, and a range of arts and cultural activities. The venue will also provide facilities for people with disabilities, ample parking, and a multifaith room.

The project aims to provide the people of Stockport with opportunities to learn new skills, engage in arts and crafts, enjoy live music and performances, and access cutting-edge learning resources.

Stockroom will host a diverse programme of events and activities curated by Creative Programme Manager Gwen Riley Jones, a locally-based artist, photographer, collaborator, and educator. The venue will build on Stockport’s legacy as Greater Manchester’s Town of Culture to showcase the town’s strengths.

As construction progresses, Stockroom Socials events will take place throughout the summer, allowing the public to participate, provide feedback, and shape the future programme. For more information, contact [email protected].

Councillor Frankie Singleton, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture & Sport at Stockport Council, expressed excitement about the project’s progress and encouraged community involvement in shaping the venue’s future through Stockroom Socials events.

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