A quick round up of all the key headlines which have occurred over the last month. Latest development data for Manchester is as follows:
- There are now 18,556 homes under construction across central Manchester. No change on April 2019 but up 1,010 on May 2018.
- 2,183,269 sqft of office space is under construction across central Manchester. No change on April 2019 but up 1,107,567 sqft (+51%) on May 2018.
- 2,723 student accommodation bedspaces are under construction across central Manchester. No change on April 2019 but up 1,526 (+56%) on May 2018.
- 1,917 hotel bedrooms are under construction across central Manchester. No change on April 2019 but up 261 on May 2018.
Three major residential developments have started on site
The last month has seen spades in the ground for a further 1,298 homes across Trafford, Salford and Manchester. In Trafford, Cole Waterhouse have started construction on 354 apartments in two separate blocks designed by architects 5Plus. Reaching 15 and 18 storeys in height, the two new blocks will offer superb views over Salford Quays and the central Manchester skyline.
In Salford, Vivere Group have started groundworks on a huge scheme designed by Fletcher Rae architects for the city's Regent Road corridor. The development reaches 27 storeys at its highest point but there are also two other blocks 18 and 16 storeys in height.
Meanwhile in Manchester's Castlefield district, developer DeTrafford have started groundworks at their stunning No1 Castlefield development. With 419 apartments, the Ollier Smuthwaite-designed scheme follows the elegant curve of Ellesmere Street, and even has houses on the roof. The ground floor retail/restaurant and bar units are sure to further charge this up-and-coming area.
A planning application has been submitted for a new apart-hotel in the Northern Quarter
Developer Agecroft has submitted a planning application for a new part 3, part 5 and 6 storey apart hotel building in the Northern Quarter. The scheme, designed by GA Studio, will have 26 apartments and is located on Thomas Street.
The Co-Operative have revealed plans for the latest phase of their NOMA masterplan
To the north of the city centre, the Co-Op have submitted a planning application for 4 Angel Square, which will be the latest office block in their NOMA commercial district. The company have been busy redeveloping older buildings on their sprawling city centre estate over the last few years, but now they're working on adding new-builds. Refreshed planning applications are expected for 2 & 3 Angel Square (shown in the background in the below picture) in the summer.
Another hotel is planned for Piccadilly
Further down Great Ancoats Street, developer Capital + Centric have submitted a planning application for a striking hotel building. Designed by Stephenson Studio, the 14-storey building with random pullouts intended to contain drooping vegetation, will contain 275 hotel bedrooms above a retail/restaurant unit with vastly improved public realm. The development is part of the council's East Village masterplan, which is looking to strategically redevelop the area between Piccadilly station and New Islington.
Manchester's office market continues to thrive
Amidst news of record amounts of office take-up in central Manchester, The Prudential Assurance Company have started construction on 92,377 sqft of office space off Albert Square. The development - on the site of the former Brazennose House in Lincoln Square - forms part of an overhaul of the square which will be part-pedestrianised and redeveloped to form an attractive link between Albert Square, Deansgate and Spinningfields. 5Plus have designed the building, which will have over 10,000 sqft of retail and restaurant space fronting onto the new Lincoln Square.