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Royal Oak Brewery, Stockport
Equity Housing Group
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A development of fifty one apartments with associated parking for a mixed tenure of shared ownership, affordable rent and for sale in the centre of Stockport. The scheme is centred around the locally listed Royal Oak Brewery complex which dates from the 19th century.

The original Brewery building has been retained and extended with two new contemporary wings to the west and east of the site enclosing a south facing courtyard which contains amenity space including a secured play area and disabled parking.

A difficult site to develop due to the nature of the existing buildings, the scheme took nearly ten years to move from concept design to completion. Works included an initial archaeological excavation and recording and the retention of important historical features such as the original chimney and luccam, the latter has been incorporated within the light and airy circulation areas.  

The two new wings reinforce the massing of the original brewery and use an eclectic mix of traditional and modern materials in brickwork, terracotta, grey panels and white render to provide variety and contribute to the lightness of new construction. A private external balcony or terrace is provided where possible to maximise the south facing aspect of the flats.

There are two large banks of photovoltaic panels on the new roofs which contribute to the landlord’s supply and help to keep service charges low.

Finally, constructed on a very tight schedule, the apartments sold out within days of completion – a remarkable achievement given the market conditions.

- Residential
- Refurbishment
- Conservation
We selected TADW for their expertise on refurbishment and historic buildings. Their expertise in these areas greatly assisted in the development of this successful Equity scheme and the results speak for themselves. Each of the 51 stunning new apartments was quickly snapped up and the local area has been transformed. Royal Oak has since been named by Inside Housing as one of the UK’s Top 50 Affordable Housing Developments and been recognised at a string of development awards.”

Rachel Hollins
Growth and Partnerships Manager
Equity Housing Group
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