One Stockport Hub Consultation

Closes 19 Oct 2020

Opened 8 Sep 2020

Overview

Over the last few years, we have seen changes in Stockport Town Centre. More people are visiting the town and finding more things to do when they’re here. The challenge posed by the recent pandemic means it’s even more important to continue the improvements and make a visit to Stockport Town Centre a safe and enjoyable experience. As part of this we want to introduce ‘One Stockport Hub’ which we would aim to have open early in 2021. 

The centre of Stockport is undergoing a £1billion programme of investment. One Stockport Hub will make its rich heritage accessible to those visiting with local history displays. Just as with Stockport town centre itself, it will also also look to the future. One Stockport Hub is envisaged to be an important precursor to the council's ambition for a much larger town centre cultural and community hub for which the council has applied for government funding of £14m.  

Our vision for One Stockport Hub is that it will provide a library service as well as a cultural and social experience in the heart of Stockport town centre for Stockport residents and beyond. Situated on Mersey Square, One Stockport Hub would be a new ‘front door’ to Stockport town centre, providing an easily accessible point for Stockport residents to experience local history, browse and borrow books, seek digital support and access information and advice.  

Across the UK, library usage is in decline with the need to reimagine libraries in a way that is relevant to a broad cross section of our community. Library services currently located at Central Library on the A6 would be provided from One Stockport Hub in Mersey Square, with the added benefits of being closer to a range of public transport and convenient for those vising Stockport town centre for other purposes such as shopping and entertainment. 

One Stockport Hub would be designed using modern design principles, be fully accessible, with flexible space and larger windows to attract more people in and make them aware of what’s on offer. It will house a digital zone with computers and tablets for use free of charge, as well as free Wi-Fi and space where visitors can use their own devices.  

One Stockport Hub will sit at the heart of Stockport town centre, making use of an empty retail unit that was previously the former Argos store. In the current retail market, it is unlikely that this unit will be let in the near future. The unit has a prominent position on Mersey Square and is visible from the A6. One Stockport Hub will provide a modern welcoming view for those coming to Stockport town centre and widen access to library services, digital support and local history as well as providing a vibrant use in what could otherwise be a vacant unit.   

It is also proposed that the heritage library offer - which needs to be offered on a more limited pre-bookable basis for the foreseeable future, as advised by National Archives due to covid-19 – would be temporarily provided at this site.  

The Hub would bring together a range of services in one easily accessible location, including:  

  • local history displays from our museum collection 

  • a Stockport shop selling items currently offered in our museums’ shops 

  • a dedicated family library with adult and children’s literature to borrow and browse 

  • digital facilities with data and charging points as well as dedicated computers, tablets and access to printing services 

  • access to our usual Heritage material and Stockport Archives  

  • access to information and advice services 

The Hub will be designed as a covid-secure venue with the ability to adapt if and when measures can be removed. It is envisaged that the One Stockport Hub will provide an open plan cultural and social space. Opportunities for local groups to meet (once government guidance allows) will be created by working with nearby food and drink offers and other venues such as Hatworks.   

In a typical year, Merseyway is visited by around 150,000 people each week. It is Stockport’s main retail area and a place for people to work, play and connect. The Hub will help to transform Merseyway, bringing a more family-orientated space, which will help to support our High Street and create a vibrant Centre that people want to visit and spend time in. It will also relocate library services closer to the following transport links: 

  • Buses from across the borough stop right outside in Mersey Square 

  • Sat just off the Trans Pennine Trail, secure bike parking will be available outside the hub.  

  • More than 800 car parking spaces are available in the Merseyway car park    

Click here to view the indicative draft drawings for One Stockport Hub (opens in a new window)

You can have your say on the proposals and help us to understand what is important to you from the Hub. This will help us to shape our plans. We welcome your feedback. 

This consultation closes on Monday 19th October 2020. If you require the consultation in another format, please email: consultation@stockport.gov.uk 

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