UrbInfo Manchester September roundup

Updated: Sep 28, 2018

More apartments completed in Manchester in September 2018 than in the whole of 2016.

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As Manchester's apartment boom starts to deliver actual properties to the market, research by UrbInfo has found that 1,098 apartments completed construction in September 2018. By contrast, 1,050 apartments completed construction in the city in 2016. In fact, September 2018 has seen more apartments complete construction than in any other month since the recession.

In Salford, the first phase of Scarborough's enormous Middlewood Locks scheme completed construction, delivering 571 apartments to the city. Designed by WCEC, the scheme will eventually deliver over 2,000 apartments to Salford. Meanwhile, in Trafford, Beech Group have completed construction at their office-to-resi conversion at West Point. This has brought 317 apartments to the 16 storey building, which is near Trafford Bar Metrolink station.

West Point, Old Trafford, which has been converted into apartments by Beech Group

September 2018 also saw Manchester Life complete construction on their third Ancoats scheme. Smith's Yard follows nearby One Cutting Room Square and Sawmill Court, and will deliver retail and leisure units as ground floor uses, above which are 199 apartments.


At the other end of the construction process, 842 apartments have started construction in September 2018. Bellward Properties are now underway on their Cornbrook Works development on the Hulme/Trafford border. Designed by Tim Groom architects, the Build-to-Rent scheme will feature 363 homes across a range of townhouses, apartments and penthouses, and is due to complete in 2020. Meanwhile, across the road, Peel Holdings and Glenbrook have started construction on Cornbrook Hub, where 280 apartments will be split between two buildings 11 and 14 storeys in height.

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Cornbrook Works has started construction

This brings the total number of homes under construction in central Manchester to 17,438. This is a slight reduction on the 17,557 which were under construction in August, due to the aforementioned residential completions.

Site clearance has got underway at iQ's Echo Street co-living scheme near Piccadilly station. The scheme will eventually deliver 403 apartments in the 'co-living' concept, together with 94 student accommodation bedspaces. Meanwhile, site clearance has also got underway in New Cross at the Church of Mountains, Fire and Miracles. The site will be used to construct Beech Group's 15 storey Ancoats Gardens scheme, which will feature 155 apartments above a 3,100 sqft ground floor commercial unit.

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Site clearance has started in New Cross to build Ancoats Gardens

Meanwhile, Cable Swan Ltd and Simpson-Haugh architects submitted a planning application for their new Build-to-Rent scheme in New Cross. Reaching 30 storeys into the air, it will form a cluster together with MODA Living's Angel Gardens scheme, also Build-to-Rent, which is being built across the road.

This means there are now 36,715 homes proposed for Manchester. This is split between under construction (17,438), at groundworks stage (4,523), planning approved (11,227), and holding a planning application (3,527).

Swan Street, which was submitted for planning this month


There are now 4,944 hotel beds in the pipeline for Manchester, after Japanese budget hotelier Toyoko Inns submitted a planning application for a 22-storey, 354-bedroom scheme on Piccadilly. The building will sit on the empty site adjacent to the old Union Bank building, which will be converted to hotel use as part of the plans. Meanwhile in Knott Mill, Beech Group have won planning approval for a 7-storey aparthotel at 1 Alpha Place. 59 aparthotel units will be situated above a retail/restaurant unit.

Tokoyo Inn's proposal for a 22-storey tower on Piccadilly

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Student accommodation

The world's tallest student accommodation tower has been submitted for planning in Manchester this month. At 55-storeys, the Student Castle proposal - designed by Glenn Howells - will sit on Hulme Street, off Oxford Road. It will contain 850 studios for occupation by students.

This brings the total pipeline number of student bedspaces in Manchester to 4,769 - up from 1,401 in September 2017, and 0 the same time in 2014, as the city rides the crest of a boom in student accommodation.

X1 have now completed construction on their 271-bed student scheme on Frederick Road. Designed by Falconer Chester Hall, X1 The Campus will provide accommodation for students at Salford University.

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Student Castle's 55-storey proposal off Oxford Road could become the world's tallest student accommodation