Shawcross Fold

1. Overview of the regeneration project

Shawcross Fold was designated as a regeneration project because of the:

  • derelict condition of the area
  • threat to its historical importance
  • architectural importance of the 5 groups of listed buildings, which enclose one side of the town`s historic market place

Of particular concern was the survival of 30/30a Market Place, now known as Staircase House. This Grade 2 star listed building in the centre of the block was already in danger of collapse before it suffered severe fire damage in an arson attack.

The objectives of the project were:

  • the repair and re-use of the listed buildings
  • the development of sensitive new buildings to fill the gap sites
  • a viable mix of uses to ensure the long term sustainability of the block
  • repair and public access to Staircase House

With financial assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, the European Development Fund and the North West Development Agency, Staircase House was fully repaired and the interiors restored.

The Tourist Information Centre was re-located to the ground floor rooms on the Market Place frontage. It was last used as a cafe and a greengrocer`s shop.

The interior was furnished and interpreted by Stockport Heritage Services. It was opened to the public in 2005.

In partnership with Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust and private owners, the remainder of the listed buildings were repaired and converted for commercial, residential and museum use.

New buildings were provided and space was prepared for the local history museum Stockport Story which opened in 2006.