Design team wanted for Stockport Creative Campus

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Stockport Council is looking to transform the second-tier Turner’s Vaults into a flexible events and performance space, while 18-19 Market Place will become a creative workspace with a catering offering.

Funds for the project have come from a £2.63 million award from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cultural Development Fund. Stockport Council was one of seven councils to secure funding from the fund’s second round.

To bring its Creative Campus vision to life, Stockport Council has begun the procurement process for two key elements of the project: Turner’s Vaults and 18-19 Market Place.

The council is looking to hire an architect, cost consultant and contract administrator, as well as an MEP engineer. These three roles will form the project design team with the architect as lead consultant.

The contract for the design team would run from November 2022 to March 2024.

Turner’s Vaults sits under St Petersgate Bridge and has been vacant for over 60 years. The second listed space dates from 1895. It has always been a storage area.

Stockport Council is looking to transform the vaults into a flexible 5,000 square foot performance and events space. The future venue would have a capacity of 500 people and could offer a variety of activities day and night, from workshops to digital art installations and live performances. Initial cost estimates by RPS Group put the construction cost at £1.5 million.

18-19 Market Place was most recently a studio space for Manchester Metropolitan University. Credit: Fiona Davies, PNW

Under the Stockport Creative Campus plans, 18-19 Market Place would become a center for sustainable innovation. There would be a sustainability-focused food court on the ground floor and basement and workspaces above.

While 18-19 Market Place was recently used as studio space, grant funding will continue to improve the building to incorporate sustainability innovations. It will continue to offer workshops and studio spaces, as well as an exhibition space on the upper floor.

Preliminary estimates from RPS put the cost to build this part of the project at £266,500 – but do not include design costs.

Those interested in applying for the design team can find more information on The Chest. The reference number is DN628246.


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