UrbInfo bulletin, October 2019

Autumn 2019 has been the busiest season for Manchester's property sector since 2016 as a rush of new proposals come forward and construction levels reach a new high.


It has been an exciting Autumn so far in Manchester. Planning applications for over 1,000 new apartments have been submitted; there has been a flurry of public consultations showcasing exciting new developments, over 1.5 million sqft of new office space has been proposed; and the total number of schemes under construction in the city reached a new high.


By the end of this bulletin, you will be fully caught up on Manchester's latest property development news.

  • A planning application has been submitted for One Heritage Tower, Salford. Designed by OMI for Hong Kong-based One Heritage, the tower will be 55 storeys in height and contain 545 apartments. A podium with commercial units and amenity space for residents is provided on the lower floors.

A planning application was submitted for One Heritage Tower in September. Designed by OMI, if approved, it would be Salford's tallest building
  • A planning application has been submitted for two new office blocks in N.O.M.A., an extra 454,300 sqft of space. Two and Three Angel Square will sit adjacent to the Co-Operative's statement headquarters at One Angel Square, and both buildings have been designed by architects AHR. There will be improved public realm tying the area in with the Angel Gardens development next door, as well as ground floor retail and restaurant space to serve this growing district.

  • A planning application has been submitted by The Manchester College for their new city centre campus. Located on the old Boddington's Brewery site in Strangeways, the 199,000 sqft campus has been designed by Simpson-Haugh.

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  • A public consultation has been held for the redesign of First Street South. Originally earmarked for a large-scale residential development by Patrizia, the site was bought by Downing Living at the start of 2019. Downing will introduce their new co-living concept for the site, together with a new public park. Another public consultation is due to be held on Tuesday, 29th October, where Downing will present their plans in detail. Look out for more information on the Manchester Development Map.

Two & Three Angel Square, both designed by AHR, will deliver an additional 454,300 sqft of office space between them
  • Salford City Council have approved plans to build 392 Build to Rent (BTR) apartments at Salford Central Plot C, on the banks of the River Irwell. Situated next door to Legal & General's BTR scheme at The Slate Yard, Plot C will see two new buildings created, one rising to 23 storeys, as well as riverside bars and restaurants and a new waterfront walkway.

  • Developer DeTrafford have submitted a planning application to Manchester City Council for the latest residential building in their Manchester Gardens masterplan. Gallery Gardens will feature three new buildings, 20; 13; and 12 storeys in height, which will contain 366 apartments and 2,336 sqft of ground floor commercial space. The scheme, designed by JM Architects, will form a key part of the growing Cornbrook/Castlefield neighbourhood.

DeTrafford have submitted a planning application for Gallery Gardens, which will contain 366 apartments in total
  • Student accommodation provider True Student have submitted a planning application for phase two of their Discovery Quay development at Salford Quays. Phase 1, currently under construction, reaches 13 storeys and contains 402 student bedspaces. Phase 2 is proposing an additional 457 bedspaces over a 15 storey building, designed by architects KKA.

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  • Over three years since planning was approved, it appears that work has restarted on site at Gresham Mill, Ordsall. First proposed in 2015, the 7 storey building will contain 142 apartments and has been designed by AFL architects.

  • In the Northern Quarter, Union Square has started construction. The building, which sits opposite The Unicorn pub and Tib Street car park, will offer 37 boutique apartments above 2,153 sqft of commercial space. The developer is Red Lion St Ltd and the architect is NC.

  • Staying in the Northern Quarter, a plans for the redevelopment of 20-36 High Street have been approved. The scheme, which proved controversial with councillors on the grounds of height, was deferred from planning committee four times before being discussed last Thursday (17/10). Its approval allows developer CEG to get on with developing the 22-storey scheme, which takes inspiration from Art Deco Mancunian landmarks such as the Debenhams building, Kendals and Sunlight House.

Plans for 20-36 High Street have been approved.
  • A public consultation was held on 10/10 for another Renaker tower in Salford's Greengate district. The tower, which as yet has no name, will reach 55 storeys and contain 559 apartments and was designed by OMI. The development will also include phase 1 of Greengate Park, a new 2.2 acre park proposed as an anchor for the Greengate district. Extensive public realm will also be provided, including the provision of a new tree-lined boulevard flanked with restaurants, cafes and bars and bookended by the iconic Collier Street Baths, which Renaker own and intend to bring back into use as a food hall or events space.

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  • In Salford, Valette Square has started construction. This small scheme promises to be similar to the award-winning Timekeepers Square development nearby, and will contain 33 townhouses in total. It has been designed by architects Buttress and is being brought forward by English Cities Fund.

  • Also in Salford, construction has started on Atelier, the latest development on Chapel Street. Also designed by Buttress and also being developed by English Cities Fund, Atelier will bring 167 apartments and 11 townhouses (178 units in total) as well as 14,348 sqft of ground floor commercial space to animate the street below.

Renaker have consulted on their plans for a 55-storey tower in the emerging Greengate area of Salford, which is shaping up to be another skyscraper cluster.
  • A planning application has been submitted for the expansion of Emirates Old Trafford cricket stadium. A new 4,935-seat stand is proposed, as well as a shop and museum on the ground floor and new terrace bar on the first floor. Additionally, the on-site Hilton Garden Inn hotel is expanding with a new four-storey building containing an extra 109 beds. It will be linked to the existing hotel via a glass walkway over Brian Statham Way.

  • A consultation has been held for a new indoor arena in east Manchester, opposite the Etihad Stadium. More detailed plans will be revealed in the coming months.

  • Manchester Science Partnerships have launched the fourth phase of their highly successful Citylabs scheme on Oxford Road. Citylabs 4.0 will deliver 125,000 sqft of new office/research/lab space over 8 storeys. A planning application is expected shortly.

  • Vita Living have launched their new co-living brand in Manchester with Union Living, a new 32-storey tower proposed at St Johns, near Spinningfields. The building will contain 388 co-living units, which will offer cheap city centre micro apartments for graduates setting up in the city. The tower has been designed by Denton Corker Marshall, and a planning application is due shortly.

Vita Group have picked the St Johns district to launch their new co-living brand. Union Living's 32 storey tower will contain 388 apartments in total, and has been designed by Denton Corker Marshall.

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