Project Spotlight – The Plaza, Stockport.

The Plaza, Stockport.

The Plaza Super Cinema, Mersey Square, Stockport was built in 1932 and is an Art Deco, Grade II* Listed Building. Designed by W Thornley of Wigan for use as a cinema, it opened its doors in 1933. The cinema has been left unused for some years recently which may have accelerated much of the deterioration that Aura were contracted to repair.

Image credit – http://stockportplaza.co.uk/about-the-plaza/galleries/

Aura Conservation were commissioned to initially carry out a full conditional survey of the external façade to establish the extent of the damage. The work formed part of a £3million restoration and refurbishment scheme and comprised the thorough cleaning, repair, reinstatement and re-pointing of the main white Terracotta façade to Mersey Square. Localised areas of corroded steelwork were cut out, cleaned and repaired. The cleaning, repair and re-pointing of the brick facades was also carried out to the side and rear elevations and the repair of sandstone and lime render detail at high level.

Image credit – http://stockportplaza.co.uk/about-the-plaza/galleries/

Significant time was spent in the selection of the replacement faience and repair resins to ensure correct colour matching and finish. Aura took an active role in the initial inspection and scheduling of the replacement Terracotta blocks (600 were required in total).

Today, the doors of the Plaza are open to all types of entertainment seeker. Offering a wide range of shows and live music there’s something for everyone in this iconic Super Cinema.

Image credit – http://stockportplaza.co.uk/about-the-plaza/galleries/

The project was extremely high profile and subsequently attracted a lot of attention securing a number of awards;


  • RICS NW Awards 2011: Building Conservation
  • RICS NW Awards 2011: Project of the Year
  • RICS National Awards 2011 Commendation: Building Conservation
  • RTPI NW & IHBC NW Award 2011: Building Conservation
  • Civic Trust Awards 2012 Commendation
Construction at the Stockport Plaza, 1930.


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