Work progressing on Stockport’s innovative space for creativity, discovery and inspiration at the heart of the town centre

Stockport is pioneering an innovative plan to increase footfall and inspire a love of learning and creativity in children and adults...

Work progressing on Stockport’s innovative space for creativity, discovery and inspiration at the heart of the town centre town centres across the UK struggle to recover from the decline of High Street shopping and the huge economic shock of Covid-19.

The exciting plans for Stockroom were first approved in 2021. The project is being funded following a successful bid from Stockport Council for £14.5m of Government 'Future High Streets Fund' money as the project will transform 135,000 sq ft of vacant retail units in the heart of Merseyway shopping centre.

Works is already well underway to bring creativity, discovery and inspiration to the high street in Stockport and the new updated hoardings around the building site are creating a buzz about what is to come.

Stockroom will be a fantastic, accessible, family-friendly space in the middle of the town, designed to be welcoming for everyone. There will be room to play, to take part and to discover something new. Stockroom will feature a library service and children’s library, a high-quality cafe and bistro, and access to Stockport’s heritage and archives collection. Alongside a vibrant programme of arts, creativity and discovery; from intimate acoustic concerts to children’s theatre productions, to new interpretations of our museum collections and photography. Visitors will also have access to two large multi-use studio spaces, ‘best in class’ toilet facilities and enhanced amenities for people with a disability, direct access to over 800 car parking spaces that include designated disabled and family spaces, as well as a multifaith room.

Stockroom will give the people of Stockport an opportunity to learn new skills, practice arts and crafts, enjoy live music and performances, use free services, and benefit from cutting-edge learning and IT facilities.

An exciting programme of events and activities will be curated at Stockroom after the appointment of its Creative Programme Manager. Stockport-based socially engaged artist, photographer, collaborator and educator Gwen Riley Jones will lead on the development of the programme.

It will also build on the legacy of Stockport’s year as Greater Manchester’s Town of Culture, to celebrate the best of what Stockport has to offer.

As the construction work is underway the focus is now on Stockroom Socials, a series of events taking place throughout the summer to provide an opportunity for the public to participate in fun activity, find out more and help shape and influence the Stockroom programme. You can find out more from

Councillor Frankie Singleton, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture & Sport at Stockport Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see the project come to fruition with the appointment of Gwen and things are really beginning to take shape. Everyone should get involved with Stockroom Socials to have the chance to shape the future of the exciting new venue.”