UrbInfo Manchester November roundup

November has seen Manchester's property development sector take a breather after a hyperactive summer and autumn.


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After a summer which saw Manchester hit 'peak construction' in August (and an Autumn which saw it smash that record in October), November has been the slowest month for property activity since January 2018. Just three schemes started construction this month, and only two major planning applications were submitted.


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Residential


There has been a slight reduction in the number of homes under construction across the city. From the all-time peak of 19,285 attained in October, there are now 18,759 homes being built in Manchester. The drop came because Clippers Quay, Grainger's major PRS development at Salford Quays, completed construction.

614 apartments at Grainger's Clippers Quay PRS development completed construction in November

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Meanwhile, just 88 apartments started construction in November, in stark contrast to the 2,000 homes which started construction in October alone. In Ancoats, Manchester Life started on site at New Little Mill, an old red-brick mill building which they're bringing back into use as 68 PRS apartments. Out in Old Trafford, a small developer has started construction on a small 10-storey block of apartments at 476 Stretford Road, and Beech Group started on site refurbishing 34 Mason Street in New Cross into 10 apartments.


Several small schemes were given planning approval in November. Among them was Cheshire Cheese Asset's redevelopment of an old pub on Oldham Road, Ancoats into a 7-storey block of 38 apartments. The scheme had originally been taller, but planners reduced the height and introduced a retail unit on the ground floor, fronting Oldham Road.


Groundworks started this month on site at Plots E7 and E8 of the Salford Central masterplan. The site, on Chapel Street, is intended to be used to build a 7-storey scheme split across 4 blocks, containing 167 apartments and 11 townhouses at the back - similar to neighbouring Vimto Gardens. The building will have ground floor retail units fronting onto Chapel Street, and has been designed by Buttress.

The development of Plots E7 and E8 in Central Salford will contribute towards the regeneration of the Chapel Street corridor

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Hotels


Hampton by Hilton submitted a planning application in November for a 17-storey hotel at White City, near Old Trafford. The 212-bedroom scheme has been designed by Stride Treglown, and is located in Trafford Council's upcoming 'Cultural Quarter' masterplan area.


At the other end of the development spectrum, the Hotel Indigo near Victoria station has now opened to guests. The distinct rotund 14-storey tower was designed in conjunction with bringing the abandoned adjacent City Buildings back into use. A new bar/restaurant - Mamucium - has opened on the ground floor.


There are now 1,914 hotel rooms under construction across the city. There are an additional 2,239 bedrooms with planning approval.

Hampton by Hilton are proposing a new hotel in Old Trafford

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Student accommodation


A planning application has been submitted by prolific student developer Alumno Group for a 97-bedspace scheme at the site of the former Church Inn pub on Cambridge Street, Hulme. The 12-storey scheme has been designed by architects Carson & Partners.

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