Grand Central Stockport

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Grand Central Stockport
Grand central stockport.png
Location Stockport, United Kingdom
Coordinates 53°24′23″N 2°09′40″W / 53.40639°N 2.16111°W / 53.40639; -2.16111
Address Wellington Road South, Stockport, Greater Manchester
Opening date 1991 (Complex)
1993 (Grand Central Pools)[1]
Owner Stockport Council
Architect Broadway Malyan (Redevelopment)[2]
Total retail floor area 76,000 sq ft[3]
No. of floors 2 - 3
Parking 554[4]
(1,500 After Redevelopment)
Grand Central Pools
Grand Central
Building information
Full name Grand Central Pools
City Stockport, United Kingdom
Opened 1993 (Pools)
2001 (Fitness Suite)
Home club(s) Stockport Metro Swimming Club
Main pool
Length 50 m (160 ft)
Width 20 m (66 ft)
Depth 0–2 m (0.0–6.6 ft)
Lanes 8
Operated by Life Leisure [1] on behalf of Stockport Sports Trust

Grand Central Stockport is a retail, entertainment and leisure complex in Stockport, Greater Manchester.[2] It is adjacent to Stockport railway station and the complex first opened in 1991. Since then it has included various leisure facilities such as a multiplex cinema, a swimming pool,[5] a Cineworld Cinema[6] a bowling alley, a gym, a Quasar complex, and various food outlets. As of 2013, the area is being redeveloped and only half of the development is still open, including the pool and cinema, along with some other businesses. The remainder of the complex (including the bowling alley) has been demolished in preparation for a new multi-storey car park and office complex.

The entrance to Grand Central from Wellington Road South

Grand Central Stockport was owned by Norwich-based private property company Targetfollow, who acquired the complex for £10.8m in 2004.[3] In January 2011, after lack of progress on the development scheme, Stockport Council purchased the complex.[7] In December 2011, Stockport Council announced that Muse Developments, the urban regeneration division of construction group Morgan Sindall had been selected as the preferred developer with a report to be presented to the council the following week. The revamped regeneration plans include an office quarter for the town centre, a hotel, public space outside the railway station. In addition, the redevelopment would also include a multi-storey car park and to make the site into a more attractive gateway into the town centre.[8] The new redevelopment plans are valued at approximately £145m.


The Grand Central Pools have the only 50m Swimming Pool in Stockport, and are operated by Life Leisure (trading name of Stockport Sports Trust) on behalf of Stockport Council. Life Leisure took over the running of the pool from Serco Leisure in October 2011. In 2008 the pool was named as a British Swimming Intensive Training Centre, one of only five across the United Kingdom.[9] In addition the Stockport Metro Swimming Club are based at the pool.[10] Former facilities include a Heaven and Hell nightclub, which closed in 2006 after the chain went into administration and the premises were reclaimed by Targetfollow.[11]

The centre contains three separate car parks, all containing different tariffs. Some are in place to provide extra parking for rail users, with all day and longer stay tariffs, however the majority of space is for those using the complex.[4]


It was announced in February 2007 that the complex was to be redeveloped by then owners Targetfollow, at an estimated cost of £100 million.[12] The development was to have been completed by 2010. The proposals were designed as a part of Stockport Council's Future Stockport masterplan.[13] The redevelopment plans have been put on hold following the financial crisis, as of 2010 development has not commenced.[14] The redevelopment plans include construction of a multi-storey car park, adding of a more significant retail element to the complex and a Travelodge hotel.[3] In total the redevelopment will add 400,000 sq ft (37,000 m2) to the scheme and nearly triple the car parking spaces to 1,500. It will also include 200 residential apartments and improved Public Spaces.[2] The planning application was submitted in July 2007.The planning application was successful and outline planning permission for the entire scheme was granted.[13]

In July 2010 the then owners of the complex, Targetfollow narrowly avoided going into administration, after loans exceeding £200m provided by Lloyds Banking Group, expired. In total the companies debt in July 2010 was estimated at around £700m.[15]

In January 2011, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council purchased the complex, citing lack of progress on the redevelopment scheme. It is likely that under local authority ownership the redevelopment scheme will go ahead. In December 2011, Muse Developments were selected as the preferred developers for a revamped £145m scheme containing an office quarter, hotel, larger car park and more public space, and with the exception of the swimming pool and cinema, demolition of the other buildings, including where the nightclubs formerly stood, took place in the spring of 2012 as part of the future plans for the complex.The new multi storey car park opened in February 2014.

As of 2013, the three detailed phases of the council's redevelopment plan are scheduled for completion in 2014, 2015, and 2020.[16]


  1. ^ "Visit Stockport - Homepage - About Stockport - History - Timeline". Visit Stockport. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Completely Retail - Retail Warehousing - Leisure Scheme - Grand Central Stockport". Completely Retail. 2007. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c David Thame (15 July 2009). "Manchester Evening News - Business - Hotel chain makes its Grand step". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "RCP Parking - Grand Central (Stockport)". RCP Parking. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Grand Central Pools - Facilities". Serco Leisure. Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Cineworld Cinemas: Cineworld Cinema In Stockport". Cineworld. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Stockport Council - Stockport Council Completes Grand Central Deal". Stockport Council. 17 January 2011. Archived from the original on 27 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Manchester Evening News - Business - Muse Developments is Stockport council's preferred developer on £145m scheme". Manchester Evening News. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Jonathan Atkinson (2008). "British Swimming - INTENSIVE TRAINING CENTRES - AT A GLANCE". British Swimming. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Stockport Metro Swimming Club - About Us". Stockport Metro Swimming Club. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Morning Advertiser - Nightclubs forced into insolvency by extended pub hours". Morning Advertiser. 30 June 2006. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  12. ^ Paul Maher (27 February 2007). "Stockport Express - £100m Investment for Grand Central". Stockport Express. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Stockport Council - Future Stockport - Key Projects - Grand Central Development". Stockport Council. 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  14. ^ Cheryl Latham (10 February 2010). "Stockport Express - Funding blow for Stockport station plans". Stockport Express. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  15. ^ Daniel Thomas (22 July 2010). " - Companies - Property - Targetfollow seeks MPs' help". Financial Times. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  16. ^ "Stockport Council - Grand Central Development". Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 

Coordinates: 53°24′23″N 2°09′40″W / 53.40639°N 2.16111°W / 53.40639; -2.16111

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