Stockport Council has selected Wates Construction as chief contractor for the £45m development of Redrock Stockport in the city of Manchester, UK.
Stockport Council thriving economy executive member Cllr Patrick McAuley said: "The quality of all the bids was high, which demonstrates the esteem developers see Stockport in these days, and we are now looking forward to working with Wates and delivering the project.
"Redrock Stockport is a flagship development of Stockport Council and the interest in the scheme is a real boost to the local economy."
To be developed on the site of the current Bridgefield Street car park, Redrock Stockport will feature a ten-screen cinema, a 340-space multi-storey car park, restaurants, café bars and retail units spread over an area of more than 41,500ft².
The British construction firm was selected for the two-stage design-build contract following a competitive tender process through the North West Construction Hub.
Wates Construction North West business unit director Tony Shenton said: "Our appointment to deliver Redrock is a significant step forward in Stockport Council's ambitious investment plan, which is set to bring substantial benefit to the city.
"Furthermore, its procurement via the North West Construction Hub (NWCH) is a huge testament to the framework, which has facilitated over £1bn worth of construction projects across the North West to date."
Designs for the new structure have been prepared by BDP.
Gardiner & Theobald has been appointed as project manager for the building, with construction likely to start later in the year. Preparatory work for the construction has already been initiated at the site, Wates said.
The completed building is estimated to be unveiled in early 2017.
The Light Cinemas will run the allotted cinema space in the development. It will also feature high-class, nationally recognised restaurants and café bars,with negotiations currently underway via agents Lunson Mitchenall and GVA.
"As we prepare to embark on this exciting project, the coming months will see us look to appoint local supply chain and sub-contracting partners, in addition to creating opportunities for local training and employment," Shenton added.
"Throughout the build programme, Wates' site team will also be working closely with project stakeholders and our neighbours to ensure that business as usual is maintained."
Image: The ten-screen cinema at Redrock Stockport will be run by The Light Cinemas. Photo: courtesy of Wates.