UrbInfo Manchester August roundup

August 2018 has seen the city continue to ride the crest of its development boom, and there are now more apartments, office space, hotel bedrooms and student bedspaces under construction in the city since the recession.

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The city's residential sector continues to impress. There are now 17,556 apartments under construction across the Regional Centre, which compares to 16,758 this time last month, and 12,319 this time last year.

Against this backdrop, a further 4,535 homes have been submitted for planning since January 2018, which is nearly half the amount submitted between January and August 2017. To access this dataset, click here.

Renaker started construction on their Crown Street tower scheme, which will see 664 apartments delivered over two new towers (one 52 storeys and one 21 storeys). Designed by Simpson-Haugh, they make up another piece of the Great Jackson district puzzle.

A further 265 new homes have been submitted for planning this month. 104 of those are at Ollier Smurthwaite's King Street scheme in Greengate, Salford, designed for Bradley Manor Ltd. The 14-storey scheme will comprise of ground floor retail units and is located off Blackfriars.

Ollier Smurthwaite architects have revealed a new residential scheme for Greengate, Salford

Northern Group have finally submitted a planning application for their M4nchester Two scheme in Ancoats, which sees 75 apartments proposed over 10 storeys on the corner of Silk St and Bengal St.

In the meantime, there has been a lot of groundworks activity to the west of the city centre this month. Fortis started on site demolishing an empty warehouse on the banks of the Ship Canal in Ordsall this month. Once the site is fully cleared they will start construction on Bridgewater Wharf, which will contain 460 homes together with ground floor commercial units fronting both the Canal and Ordsall Lane. Further up the Ship Canal, site clearance started in August for No1 Old Trafford, a 354-apartment scheme designed by 5Plus Architects for developers Cole Waterhouse. Glenbrook have also started site clearance for their 280-apartment development at the first phase of Cornbrook Hub, which is a new masterplan centered around Cornbrook Metrolink station.

No1 Old Trafford, by 5Plus architects


Office space under construction in the city is now at a post-recession high, and there is now again a steady supply of office space being delivered to the city centre market each year. 514,000 sqft of office space has started construction so far in 2018. Contributing to this figure has been Two New Bailey, where English Cities Fund are now on site delivering 262,672 sqft of Grade A office space to central Salford's emerging office market. Elsewhere in central Salford, Ask Real Estate started construction in August on 100 Embankment. This will sit alongside sister scheme 101 Embankment, which is occupied by Swinton Insurance.

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English Cities Fund's Two New Bailey scheme in Salford

Student accommodation

After about half a decade of very little activity, the student accommodation sector is starting to come back to life in Manchester. Student developments tend to be outside the city centre, or on the very edge of it.

In August 2018 alone, planning applications have gone in for over 520 student bedspaces in the city. The majority of these are at he second phase of Metropolitan University's Birley Fields campus in Hulme, where 491 student bedspaces are proposed in a series of blocks between 11 and 16 storeys high.

There are now 2,049 student bedspaces under construction in Manchester, compared to 1,417 this time last year, and 604 in August 2016.

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