Plans submitted for £11m curry mile commercial and residential scheme

A CGI of the proposed scheme

Manchester property developer Views has submitted a planning application to Manchester City Council for a proposed commercial and residential scheme.

It aims to transform 98 Wilmslow Road, on the curry mile in Rusholme, into a new mixed-use development with 5,500 sq ft of commercial and restaurant space on the ground floor and 42 apartments on three upper floors.

The proposed development of the site, which was previously a tyre-fitters and most recently a café, was the subject of a public consultation in autumn last year and the plans received a positive response.

There will be six new ground floor commercial spaces in the two buildings, 12 one-bedroom, 27 two-bedroom and three, three-bedroom apartments.

The final development will have a gross development value in the region of £11.5m.

Its location on Wilmslow Road makes it highly sustainable, it is on the beeline network, providing a nine minute cycle to the city centre and the closest bus stop is just 50 metres away providing easy connections to the city centre and Oxford Road train station.

Patrick Sheridan, Views senior development manager, said: “We are very excited about our plans for 98 Wilmslow Road. Our proposals will deliver much needed new homes and a retail offering to support the ever growing, diverse and vibrant Manchester community.”

Designed by Manchester-based Ollier Smurthwaite Architects the two buildings respect the local historical architecture of the area, especially the curved elevation on Grandale Road, a homage to the former Wilmslow Road depository (1870’s-1980’s).

Matt Ollier, of Ollier Smurthwaite Architects, said: “Our proposals have drawn from both historical and existing building typologies on Wilmslow Road, and by using modern, sustainable materials we are creating stylish homes for the local community.

“This is a key site on Manchester’s famous curry mile and our proposed scheme provides an opportunity to bring back some of the quality and grandeur that existed in its Victorian heyday.”

Avison Young is the planning consultant on behalf of Views.