Entry type: Completed

Number/street name: Elizabeth Mill

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City: Stockport

Postcode: SK5 6AX

Architect: Ollier Smurthwaite Architects

Architect contact number: 01618830838

Developer: DeTrafford Estates.

Contractor: Engie

Planning Authority: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Planning Reference: DC/067192

Date of Completion: 02/2020

Schedule of Accommodation: 72 x 1 Bed Apartments, 80 x 2 Bed Apartments, 21 x 2 Bed Townhouses, 21 x 3 Bed Townhouses, 7 x 4 Bed Townhouses

Tenure Mix: 100% private dwelling

Total number of homes: 201

Site size (hectares): 1.32

Net Density (homes per hectare): 152

Size of principal unit (sq m): 60.9

Smallest Unit (sq m): 35

Largest unit (sq m): 94.2

No of parking spaces: 136

Planning History:
Prior to submission of our planning application meetings were held with Stockport Council planning officers to establish the principle and design of a residential scheme. An outline application was submitted by Ollier Smurthwaite Architects on 24th October 2014. The submission detailed the proposals at a level commensurate with a full planning application and planning permission was granted at a planning committee meeting on 25th June 2015 subject to an agreement on the section 106 contribution. A full planning application followed this and was granted on 29th March 2018

Description of the design:
Ollier Smurthwaite Architect’s master planned development at Elizabeth Mill, Reddish, responds to its distinct location within the industrial “belt” zone of the Houldsworth conservation area. The approach to the design and layout has been conceived with the view of creating an urban village, invoking the character of the mill complexes that once occupied this and adjacent sites. The proposed layout creates a welcoming and interesting urban landscape, through a range of streets and spaces, within an organised hierarchy. By demolishing an existing building on the site, the focus of the site is drawn back to Elisabeth Mill itself, whilst a blank canvas is given for new housing blocks to respond to a unique setting. The result is the formation of a number of distinct house types that are arranged in blocks to both line new streets with active frontages and create semi-private courtyards, providing communal shared spaces for the enjoyment of residents. The hierarchy of streets and spaces and minimisation of roads, offers a variety of intimate and communal settings which give identity to various elements of the masterplan whilst cohering with the whole. Explorations of material, elevational treatment and compositional arrangement of blocks allowed Ollier Smurthwaite Architects to practice and demonstrate design which integrates with and recalls historical precedents. The efficient, low-cost design nonetheless delivers a sense of identity through placemaking to the new large-scale development.

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The scheme responds to two key challenges. Firstly, the sensitive retrofitting of a Victorian industrial building to modern living standards which was undertaken in a surgical fashion to reveal the layers and architectural essence of the original structure. The second challenge was to deliver a housing mix that was appropriate to the suburban local area where house prices are notably depressed. This was achieved through the careful control of materials and detailing of the architecture to ensure that the spaces that were formed as a result create an appropriate sense of place appropriate to the local, historic character.



  • Courtyard House
  • Multi-Aspect Apartments
  • Mews
  • Terrace
  • Town house


  • Medium density


  • Private Ownership


  • Large New Settlements
  • Community Consultation
  • Suburban


  • Brickwork
  • Contemporary Design
  • Traditional
  • Modern methods


  • Sustainable

Outdoor areas

  • Private Terraces
  • Roof Terrace
  • Outside Terrace
  • Garden

Surrounding Area

  • Landscape
  • Communal Spaces
  • Community Buildings
  • Public open space


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