Stockport’s new park officially named Viaduct Park

Viaduct Park

Stockport’s new town centre park, the first of its kind in the UK, has officially been named following a public vote.

The new park sits on top of the town’s new transport Interchange development following a public vote held over the 2023 Christmas and New year period, was named Viaduct Park and will open to the public on Monday 18 March.

The Interchange development, which includes a residential complex consisting of 196 homes and a state-of-the-art transport interchange, has been delivered by Stockport Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, alongside construction company Willmott Dixon, and is one of the biggest single projects outside of London.

The completion of the Interchange is the start of what is set to be Stockport’s biggest year yet with several major town centre schemes well underway including the transformation of Weir Mill into modern apartments, and a new learning and discovery centre, Stockroom, which are both due for completion later this year.

A Light Show will be installed, creating an ellipse of light around the inside of the park. This will launch when the park opens on March 18 and end on April 14.

Cllr Mark Hunter, Leader of the council, said: “The winning name is a great nod to our iconic Viaduct and it’s fitting that the park will provide great views of this amazing structure for years to come.” was recently granted an exclusive tour around sites in Stockport by Paul Richards, chief executive of the Mayoral Development Corporation.

In other recent developments, demolition work to expand the Exchange scheme right up to the A6, opposite the Town Hall, has begun in earnest.

Developer Muse is working in partnership with officers at Stockport Council to bring forward a planning application for the next phase of the Stockport Exchange scheme, often called Stockport’s Spinningfields, which includes offices for BASF, Industrials REIT, Hurst, Stagecoach and musicMagpie, a Holiday Inn Express hotel, a Sainsbury’s and a popular venue Bask.

Muse and Stockport Council are now working with architect, Sheppard Robson to update the approved masterplan and bring forward detailed plans for the next phase – 4 Stockport Exchange – as well as outline planning for the final phases which they intended to consist of 60,000 sq ft of highly sustainable office space with ground floor spaces for shops, cafes, bars or restaurants, with a fully accessible landscaped approach to the train station.