Manchester's most prolific developers, 2018


2018 has been another record-breaking year for property and construction in Manchester. UrbInfo looks back at which developers have been the busiest across all sectors over the last twelve months.


Manchester's most prolific residential developers, 2018

There are currently 18,896 homes under construction across central Manchester and Salford, and Renaker are on site with 2,710 of them (14%). They have also started construction on a further 1,050 apartments in 2018, which makes Renaker Manchester's most prolific residential developer.


Other busy residential developers include Fortis, who currently have 1,454 apartments under construction across Manchester; Vita Group, with 1,539 under construction at Circle Square and Riverside/Riverview; and Salboy, who have 1,240 homes on site in Salford, Hulme and the Northern Quarter.


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Of the 16,888 homes currently proposed for Manchester (but not yet under construction), 35% of them are being brought forward by six developers. Allied London have planning approval for 1,076 homes at St Johns, which they will be progressing in 2019. DeTrafford are currently building out their Manchester Gardens masterplan near Castlefield, with approval for a further 500 apartments and townhouses. Meanwhile, they recently submitted a building control application to Manchester City Council for three new towers across the road from Renaker's Deansgate Square. Transition, which could be starting construction in 2019, will contain 399 apartments in total.

DeTrafford's 'Transition' scheme, designed by Simpson-Haugh, could start construction in the New Year

The only Renaker proposal which isn't currently under construction is Trinity Islands, which they bought off Allied London this year. It's rumoured they may be considering redesigning the scheme before starting construction in the next few years.


Developers who completed the most new homes, 2018

This year has seen more new homes delivered to the Manchester market than any other year since the recession. 2,894 homes have completed construction - mostly in and around the city centre. The majority of Manchester Life's Ancoats and New Islington schemes completed this year, delivering to the market a total of 690 apartments across four developments.


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Phase 1 of Scarborough's enormous Middlewood Locks development in Salford also finished construction in 2018, delivering 571 apartments. But the title of largest residential scheme to complete in 2018 goes to Amstone's Clippers Quay development at Salford Quays. Intended for the private rented sector (PRS), the scheme boasts 169 one beds, 381 two beds and 64 three beds, as well as ground floor retail/restaurant units along the waterside.


Beech Group continued to bring underutilised buildings back into use this year, completing 121 Princess Street in February, bringing 126 apartments to the market. While in Old Trafford, they completed the conversion of the West Point office complex to 317 apartments over the summer.

West Point has been brought back into use by Beech Group, who have converted it to 317 apartments

Manchester's most prolific commercial developers, 2018

Planning applications for nearly 815,000 sqft of new office space were submitted in Manchester in 2018. Allied London has accounted for nearly 452,000 sqft of that - all within their emerging St Johns district. Manchester Goods Yard has been redesigned and expanded slightly for new tenants Booking.com, who will move in once the building completes in 2021. Meanwhile, next door, Allied London submitted a planning application in October for The Media Building. Targeted at creative startups, The Media Building will contain over 102,000 sqft of space and is on the doorstep of Spinningfields.


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Allied London have also rapidly progressed their proposals for the former Astley & Byrom House on Quay Street. Renamed ABC Buildings, the scheme will see the refurbishment of over 8,200 sqft of office space together with the provision of new retail and restaurant units on the ground floor, fronting Quay Street. The building will also host central Manchester's first Everyman Cinema.

ABC Buildings on Quay Street, currently being redeveloped by Allied London

English Cities Fund are still working on building out their extensive Salford Central masterplan. The latest addition is another office building for the New Bailey district, which is emerging as Salford's answer to Spinningfields. Number Two New Bailey started construction in June, and will deliver nearly 263,000 sqft of Grade A office space across 11 storeys when complete. With construction underway at Two New Bailey, English Cities Fund and Muse submitted a planning application in the summer for Three New Bailey, which HMRC announced will form their Manchester headquarters. The 157,000 sqft building has been designed by architects MAKE.


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Another addition to New Bailey's commercial identity is Riverside House. Also being delivered by English Cities Fund, it involves retaining the facade of an old Victorian warehouse while gutting and rebuilding the inside floorplates, and constructing an extension to form 13,207 sqft of office space.

Riverside House, Salford

Ask Real Estate are further developing out their First St masterplan, after announcing plans for Plot 9A in October. Designed by architects 5Plus, it will contain 160,000 sqft of office space below a 205-bedroom hotel. Across town, Ask Real Estate have also continued the development of their Embankment scheme. 101 Embankment completed in 2017 and is now occupied by Swinton Insuance. 100 Embankment started construction in August, and will provide a further 165,000 sqft of office space when complete.


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