Aurora Stockport builds community spirit

The council’s work to transform the once derelict site at Aurora Stockport into a thriving new employment site continues and local residents and community groups are already reaping rewards.

From providing students with placements to providing new facilities for local residents the work has been wide ranging.

Two community groups, Step Ahead and Stockport Community Shed, are enjoying the benefits of working together thanks to the Aurora Stockport team. The Community Shed is a group of people who enjoy DIY projects and they have been working hard to make large wooden planters for Step Ahead.  Thanks to the planters, the children and young people at Step Ahead can now grow flowers, vegetables and fruit, introducing them to the world of gardening as well as promoting healthy eating.

Five new benches have been installed at Alexandra Park by Aurora Stockport contractor Seddon to provide somewhere to relax and enjoy the park for many years to come.

The Rose Walker Community Centre a popular building used by many local community groups has also benefitted from the work. Our property partners Carillion and CBRE and the main contractor Seddon worked with volunteers to install a new partition wall into the building to increase the range of meetings the centre can host and have also decorated the outside of the venue giving it a facelift.

Alongside this, local college students have enjoyed work experience with the project team onsite gaining valuable skills that will help them in their future careers and lessons have been held in local primary schools.

Creating new benefits and opportunities for local people is at the heart of the investment work taking place across Stockport. As the physical landscapes change, new jobs will be created giving a huge boost to local employment and opening up new doors for residents. At the same time this transformation and growth will create many new opportunities for local communities.

“It’s great to hear about two local groups both benefiting from the work taking place at Aurora Stockport. As well as transforming the physical landscape across Stockport, our investment work has at its heart a vision of creating new jobs and opportunities for residents across our borough. This is an example of these benefits in practice,” commented Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council.

Ed Wootton, Regional Director (North) at Seddon said: “Working with the local community in Stockport is a big part of delivering the Aurora Project successfully. It has been a pleasure to see these fantastic groups benefitting from work to improve the local environment.”