Professional services and engineering consultancy WSP in Manchester has been appointed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Stockport Council to take forward plans to redevelop the existing bus station at Daw Bank into a £41m Stockport Transport Interchange.
The company will conduct a feasibility study that draws together potential development opportunities which might be appropriate for construction in conjunction with the new interchange, with the aim of attracting more inward investment into Stockport.
WSP will provide a range of engineering design services including transportation and infrastructure, building services, structures, environmental and town planning, working alongside design architect BDP.
As part of the study, WSP will develop designs to incorporate a range of commercial prospects into the outline masterplan including a 150-unit residential block and a range of shared community services above the interchange.
This latest appointment is on the back of a number of high-profile project wins for WSP in Stockport, with the company providing a range of specialist services on major schemes including the A6 Corridor Masterplan; the Town Centre Public Realm Strategy; Stockport Station Masterplan and the South-East Manchester Multi Modal Strategy (SEMMMS).
Comments Richard Jones, director at WSP in Manchester:
“Our local knowledge and established working relationship with the client team were key to our appointment for this complex high-profile project which will be one of the first true transit-orientated developments of this scale outside of London. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Stockport Council and TfGM to design a connected, commercially viable transport interchange which will stimulate future economic growth in the town.”
Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration said:
“We’re committed to improving transport in Stockport for everyone, and the new Stockport transport interchange is vital to this. We look forward to continuing our work with TfGM and WSP as the plans are brought forward, helping to ensure that the new interchange is the best it possibly can be for everyone that uses it.”
Delivered by TfGM, funding for the interchange development is being supported by central government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal Programme. WSP will submit the initial report this summer ahead of a planning application later this year.