Last updated 12 July 2019
Council hails huge success of Aurora business park
Industrial park, close to junction 1 of the M60, is now fully occupied
A FLAGSHIP business park in the heart of Stockport is now fully occupied.
Aurora Stockport - created by Stockport Council as part of the £1 billion investment taking place across the town - has transformed a once derelict 18-acre site alongside the M60 into a thriving, high spec 145,000 sq ft industrial park.
Businesses across the borough told the council there was demand for a new industrial park after revealing that high quality units were in short supply.
As a result, Aurora, located off Gorsey Bank Road, close to junction 1 of the M60, was built to satisfy this demand. Interest in the business park was significant from day one, which resulted in the scheme being 75% pre-let once it had been completed in December 2017.
Local, regional, national and international businesses have relocated to the estate from a wide range of sectors including Aerospace, Rail, Home Improvements, Medical and Advanced Engineering.
In addition, the development includes improved links to the riverside and a new car park to encourage more visitors to explore the River Mersey.
Local groups have also benefited in different ways with construction firm Seddons supporting a number of community groups, while residents have been involved in work placements providing them with invaluable work skills for their future careers.
Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council, said: “Aurora has proved to be a huge success and has set a new standard for industrial space in the area.
“Its fantastic location, sitting alongside the M60, has been a big factor in its popularity and it has breathed new life into the area, creating new opportunities and jobs.
"Being born and raised near Aurora, I remember how derelict the site was. Seeing its transformation and how it is now supporting the Stockport economy is something I am incredibly proud of.
“I’m also proud that it is now fully let and along with the success of Stockport Exchange and a host of new businesses opening in the borough, it clearly demonstrates that there is real confidence in Stockport as a great place to do business. Businesses are now realising Stockport's huge potential - I have no doubt this will continue."
Steve Capper, director at CBRE, the world’s largest real estate services firm, added: “The quality of the scheme, the excellent location and the environment that Stockport Council created meant that we could have let these units several times over. Demand in Stockport remains strong, which is evidenced by the continued shortage of stock and upward pressure on rents.”