Joint venture proposes 267-home development for Northern Quarter

Plans to transform an open car park into two apartment buildings, providing 267 new homes in the Northern Quarter of Manchester, have been submitted.

The detailed plans will create a new pedestrian route linking Great Ancoats Street with the city centre.

The site borders Tariff Street and Port Street, sitting between the conservation areas of Ancoats and Stevenson Square.

The application follows a positive public consultation and will see two brick-finished buildings, one 11 storeys and one 10 storeys, providing spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, private gardens, roof terraces and rooftop amenities.

Designed by Leach Rhodes Walker Architects, the larger 10-storey building will be finished in red brick to respect the surrounding Grade II-listed buildings and provide 211 apartments.

The second building will provide 56 apartments. Both buildings will have solar PV panels, extensive bike storage and commercial units providing both frontage to Tariff Street and the new pedestrian route through to Great Ancoats Street.

The project is a joint venture between Marco Living and Axis Real Estate.

The Directors of Marco Living have deep roots in the Northern Quarter having traded in the area for more than five decades, since 1968. The development of the site will deliver on a long-held ambition to reinvigorate the site and bring much needed homes.

Axis Real Estate was co-founded two years ago by experienced property professionals Nick Mullins and Russ Worthington. Nick Mullins said: “The scheme has been sensitively designed to fit in with the character of the neighbourhood.

“It will deliver high quality homes in accordance with Manchester’s Design Standards, stays true to the council’s Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF) for the area, and finally enables the creation of a new landscaped pedestrian route connecting the city centre with Ancoats and New Islington that is a key element of the SRF.

“Submitting detailed plans is an important milestone following a positive public consultation and if approved we expect to commence construction during the second half of next year.”

The professional team includes: Avison Young as planning consultants; Fairhurst as structural and civil engineers; Crookes Walker as mechanical and electrical consultants; Quantem as project managers/quantity surveyors; landscaping by TPM Landscape; and Turleys as heritage consultants.