Viaduct Housing Partnership and Lane End are working collaboratively on the Battersby Hat Factory development, which will provide 144 diverse and high quality homes to the borough. This is Viaduct's largest project to date, and one that plays a key part in the communities local history.
Work is well underway in restoring what was once one of the UK's most influential industrial hubs into a vibrant new community within Offerton. Battersby Hats, the trading name of Battersby and Co, once had the capacity for 12,000 hats per week but production declined in the second half of the 20th century.
The new neighbourhood will see the conversion of the two most significant structures fronting Hempshaw Lane, part of 144 affordable and market sale homes across the site. Construction so far has ensured parts of the existing building are reclaimed, such as the slates and bricks.
An archaeological investigation was carried out on site between May 2019 and February 2020, with findings showing foundation beds for a steam engine that would have once powered the hat works, beneath the floor of a 20th century electricity substation. Viaduct Housing Partnership, in partnership with Lane End, are stepping in and transforming the site, creating desirable homes for future generations to enjoy.
These high quality homes are located in a highly desirable postal code that benefits from the vibrant town centre of Stockport, which is currently undergoing a multimillion pound regeneration, and the tranquillity of the peak district in the opposite direction. Along with fantastic transport links, local eateries and entertainment it's not hard to see why this is an extremely popular place to lay down roots.