Stockport’s historic White Lion scoops prestigious award

The historic building was named best in class at the North West Regional Construction Awards 2020.

Stockport’s historic White Lion scoops prestigious award

One of Greater Manchester’s most historic pubs, which had been derelict for more than ten years and transformed into luxury apartments, has scooped a prestigious award at the North West Regional Construction Awards 2020.

The Grade II listed building on Great Underbank in Stockport was awarded best in class in the Conservation and Regeneration category at a virtual awards ceremony that took place on Thursday 27 November, seeing off stiff competition from a number of short-listed buildings.

The White Lion is now home to eleven one and two bedroomed apartments, thanks to a £2.4m investment by Trafford Housing Trust (part of L&Q) under the Laurus Homes brand, in partnership with Stockport Council.

Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy at Stockport Council, said: “I am thrilled that the White Lion has been recognised as the best in its class. This is a perfect example of our commitment to heritage and quality and we have worked hard to preserve the building’s rich history, which has been sympathetically restored and incorporates many of the original features.

“Creating new homes to this standard is vital to establish the town centre as a location of choice in South Manchester, and breathes new life in to what was formerly a disused building. The building looks fantastic and has been given the respect it deserves in its new life as luxury apartments. Well done to all the team on this very well deserved award.”

Sean Dooley, Project Manager at Trafford Housing Trust, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award, which recognises the quality of the build and the care that was taken to transform it from a pub that had been derelict for 10 years to one of Stockport’s most desirable addresses.

“We were very keen to recognise the building’s original identity and preserve its history, so it was sympathetically restored. The grand staircase, original glass and unique turret room have all been preserved and finished in a modern design, whilst the original pub sign has also been incorporated into the development, giving a nod to the past and its former life.”

The White Lion was rebuilt several times over the centuries and was re-fronted in a mock Tudor black and white style, in 1823. The last major remodelling took place in 1904-1906, giving the building the distinctive features it still carries today.

The renovation of the White Lion forms part of the council’s £7 million investment in the Underbanks and Market Place to transform this unique and important part of Stockport Town Centre.