Construction students chime into work on Stockport’s iconic Winter’s building and clock

Construction students chime into work on Stockport’s iconic Winter’s building and clock

Stockport College construction students will work alongside contractors to gain important lessons on sensitive repairs in the restoration of the town’s iconic Grade II listed Winter’s building.

Learners will work alongside family-run firm, Manchester-based HH Smith and Sons, to help turn the much-loved building into a French restaurant. All work will be carried out in compliance with the Government’s Covid-19 guidelines during the current lockdown and beyond.

Part of the restoration involves reviving the unique, automated clock and figures, which will see the famous face at Winter’s chime again soon.

CEO and College Principal James Scott said: “We are proud Stockport College students are able to be part of such an important and fascinating project that will benefit townspeople and restore the rich heritage of Underbanks.

“The lessons these students will learn in restoration techniques with HH Smith and Sons will build diversity into their practice and enhance their learning experiences. We are very much looking forward to being able to contribute to bringing this building back to life and to using our skills to support the local community.”

The Winter’s building has a rich and fascinating history, and started life as a watch and clock maker, when the buildings namesake, Jacob Winter moved his company there in 1890. Over the years, the building has operated in many guises, including an opticians, jewellers, a restaurant, and most recently as a pub, managed by Manchester brewery Joseph Holt.

Commenting on Stockport Council’s website, Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “I’m delighted this historic building will soon be given the respect it deserves. There’s so much affection for Winter’s and the fact it’s soon going to be occupied demonstrates how, despite this pandemic, confidence in Stockport remains high.

“Winter’s shows we’re making our heritage buildings fit for the present and the future. The award-winning White Lion and the Produce Hall show that our heritage buildings are at the centre of our town centre’s regeneration.”

Stockport College’s involvement in the Winter’s building is the latest in contribution to the changing face of the town. Projects from students within the past year have included designs for new railway signage for Heaton Chapel Station, ideas to redecorate the maternity unit at Stepping Hill and in 2020 Walthew House commissioned alumnus and established artist Lucy Burgess to create a 30ft mural representing the town using skills from her interior design course.