Manchester is constantly evolving, with new buildings and attractions popping up everywhere. The thriving, yet affordable, economy of Manchester makes it an ideal place to have a business, look for work and live. The city has seen a sharp rise in young professionals relocating to our city due to these factors and more. Here are the five developments that are currently underway and our thoughts on what we think each individual scheme will bring.
Formerly known as Owen Street, Deansgate Square is a large scale, mixed-use development of high rise towers set on 19.3 acres of land. The two vast skyscrapers at the heart of the scheme are already well under construction, including the second highest residential tower in the UK. Once built, it will stand at 200 metres high, superseding the iconic Beetham Tower, by some 61 metres. Adjacent to this, there will be another three towers featuring residential apartments, including accommodation for the over-55s, and commercial space on Great Jackson Street. Headed by developers DeTrafford Estates, this project will be one of the first schemes in Manchester to offer high-end retirement apartments. Said to be completed in 2019, this new district of the city centre has the potential to be a great tourism spot and bring a new standard of residential living to Manchester – the likes of which the city has never been experienced before.
Perhaps the most controversial development on our list, the £200m regeneration scheme spearheaded by ex-Manchester United player, Gary Neville, has the scope to enhance Manchester’s already impressive cityscape. Inclusive of office space, a five-star hotel and 170 residential units, St Michaels is an impressive feat. The mixed-use development faced some initial backlash due to the planned demolition of historical buildings, such as Jackson’s Row Reform Synagogue and Bootle Street Police Station. Neville’s revised plans include a new Manchester Reform Synagogue to replace the old one and the restoration of the Police Station. This could be a chance to create a new legacy for the city centre, while retaining some of the existing buildings that make the area special.
The £1.1 billion Mayfield development is one of our favourites. Making use of the huge 24-acre plot behind Mayfield station next to Piccadilly, developer U+I plans to create five new neighbourhoods and public green space, while staying true to Manchester’s northern roots. Rather than tearing down the remnants of the old Mayfield railway station, U+I wants to restore the original brickwork and arches. By incorporating the plot’s original attributes with the new structures, the aim is to create a community that reflects the city’s unique character and provide a disused area with a new lease of life. Mayfield is edging towards receiving planning permission – so watch this space.
Circle Square stands on the former BBC site on Manchester’s bustling Oxford Road. Another mixed-use scheme, it boasts residential apartments and student accommodation, as well as retail and office space. Students are a vital part of the city’s economy and it’s encouraging to see they’re being given somewhere high-spec in a central location to call home. What’s more, Circle Square is drawing inspiration from the predecessors of the site, as the plans boast communal spaces for learners and media rooms. It is set to become a hub of opportunity.
The Hotspur Press building was home to a 19th century cotton mill, which was built in 1801. Developer, Elmloch Limited, a joint venture between MCR Property Group and Blue Dog Property Group, recently showcased its intentions for the site at a public consultation, with plans to retain the original warehouse and restore its iconic signage. This means that the notable view of the building from Gloucester Street will stay put. A new-build, mixed-use tower will be built behind the façade, incorporating high specification one and two-bedroom apartments and four commercial units on the ground floor to accommodate retail or restaurant spaces. The development will sit in a new public realm, providing a space that links to nearby First Street.
Keep an eye on the latest from our Built Environment PR team by following us on Twitter.