The restoration of a historic mill site is continuing to take shape as two giant cranes appear on Stockport’s skyline.

Work to preserve the iconic Weir Mill building, part of which date back to the 1700s, will create homes and public space, transforming the once derelict site into a new neighbourhood.

Construction at Capital&Centric’s town centre project started last summer.

With the foundations for two new apartment blocks now laid, the towering cranes (50m and 31m tall) have begun to build the homes that will add to the town’s skyline.

More than 100 people are now working to bring forward the project, working on the £60m transformation of the grade II-listed historic landmark.

Once complete in 2024, it will include 250 design-led apartments side-by-side with green outdoor hangouts, indie bars, restaurants and shops.

The scheme is set to be a stand-out destination in Stockport’s Town Centre West masterplan – a 130-acre regeneration district being driven by Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC). This envisages the building of 4,000 new homes, alongside local amenities, green spaces, new workspace and transport improvements.

Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital&Centric, said: “There’s such as buzz around Stockport right now and so much happening that’ll change the feel of the town centre for the better.

“The cranes punctuating Stockport’s skyline are a really visible sign of progress and the scale of ambition to turn brownfield land into new neighbourhoods that pull a crowd. We’re powering ahead with both the painstaking work of restoring the mills as well as the neighbouring new builds.”