Caddick Construction Group has commenced building work on The Guinness Partnership’s latest £26.7mn residential development on Edward Street, marking a step forward in the provision of new affordable homes in Stockport.
The start of construction was celebrated with a ground-breaking event at the town centre site where The Guinness Partnership and Caddick Construction were joined by Andy Burnham and Mark Hunter, Leader of Stockport Council.
This affordable housing scheme will provide 131 new one and two-bedroom apartments bringing much-needed affordable housing to the local community.
The new development at Edward Street will provide 63 homes for affordable rent and 68 for social rent and adds to the 12,000 homes managed by The Guinness Partnership in the Greater Manchester area, and their 65,000 homes across England.
The 11-storey development will host a range of amenities, including over 130 cycle storage spaces, EV charging points and landscaping and public realm improvements, with planting to promote biodiversity. Caddick Construction is due to hand over the completed scheme in summer 2025.
The Edward Street development has been part funded by Homes England and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Brownfield Housing Fund.
Caddick’s role as main contractor for the development adds to the business’ extensive residential portfolio in the North West, which will see the business deliver over £40mn of new residential development this year.
Edward Street also adds to Caddick’s work on behalf of The Guinness Partnership, which includes Kiwi Street in Salford and The Hedgerows in Pilsley (a joint venture with other housing associations in the Sheffield City Region).
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said: “There is an urgent need for more genuinely affordable housing and homes for social rent, not just in Stockport but across the city-region and around the country.
“That is precisely why our Brownfield Housing Fund is helping to bring forward sites for redevelopment, enabling partners like Caddick and The Guinness Partnership to deliver new homes and support the renewal of our town and city centres, and it’s great to see that in action here at Edward Street.”
Group Chief Executive of The Guinness Partnership, Catriona Simons said: “We look forward to bringing much needed high-quality affordable homes to the area, as part of Guinness’s commitment to development in Greater Manchester. As well as 63 homes for Affordable Rent, we are pleased to be providing 68 homes for Social Rent which will help people currently on the housing register. All of the 131 new homes will be energy efficient, with an EPC rating of A or B, meaning they will be warm and affordable homes, as well as places people are proud to live.
“Our Edward Street development will also create opportunities for local people as we, and our partner contractors, will hire and train local people, engage with schools and work with community groups.
“We would like to thank our partners on this project, Homes England, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Caddick Construction, Bowker Sadler Architects and Simon Fenton Partnerships who have all been part of getting us to this important stage. We would also like to thank Stockport MBC for supporting the project and for its commitment to providing homes at the heart of the town centre.”
Managing Director of Caddick Construction Group, Paul Dodsworth commented: “The redevelopment of brownfield land is an extremely valuable way of meeting growing demand for affordable housing, and projects of this nature – particularly those in busy town centre environments – call for a great deal of care. Our project team, alongside the expertise of our colleagues in Caddick Civil Engineering, will ensure a high-quality project that serves the needs of the local community while causing minimal disruption to our neighbours.
“To date, Caddick has brought a number of Guinness’s fantastic residential schemes to life, and we look forward to continuing our work with our valued client and to building these new homes for the people of Stockport.”
Councillor Mark Hunter, Leader of Stockport Council, said: “The Guinness Partnership are a longstanding and valued Stockport Housing Partnership Registered Provider. This latest development is the result of partners working together to bring forward much needed, affordable homes in the heart of the town centre.
“This complements our ambitious plans for the town centre, which will see many more new homes created in a vibrant new neighbourhood, for people to call home and benefit from all the amenities of our town.”