THOSE in charge of the development of Cockhedge Shopping Centre are looking to speak to anyone with connections to the old mill.

Bosses are hoping to include a sense of community in the works, which will see the mall itself refurbished as well as up to 900 new homes built on the site.

Site owners Michael Brown and Mark Rebbeck want to make sure residents feel connected to the redeveloped Cockhedge.

The duo have already visited Warrington Museum and Art Gallery where they met with head of archives Phil Jeffs to gather historical research about the area.

Following this, Michael and Mark have launched a ‘community campaign’ in which they are looking to speak to anyone who worked at the mill, or know someone who did.

Mark told the Warrington Guardian: “We are seeking to speak to anyone who worked at the old Mill in Cockhedge, or knew someone who did.
“Whether it be a friend, or relative, we want to hear your stories.

“This community campaign will enable us to get a real sense of what the community and spirit of the workers was like in Warrington.

“Gaining a better understanding of the history and heritage of the Cockhedge area and particularly the people that worked there is something we hope to utilise.”

The duo say they will include peoples’ stories and memories of the site within the wider development of the plot.

Mark added: “We will incorporate this within a revitalised brand for our wider redevelopment. 

“By uncovering and making public some of the rich heritage of Cockhedge we aim to bring local residents along on the regeneration journey to create a location that they feel connected to and will enjoy for years to come.” 

Anyone with stories can contact the mall’s centre manager on

Cockhedge Shopping Centre will soon have a whole new look following more than £3 million worth of investment.

The partial demolition of the centre will not only make way for a residential quarter containing up to 900 apartments, but it will see the mall itself completely renovated.