Consultation launched on 359-home plans for Piccadilly neighbourhood

CGI of Sparkle Street plans

Developers have launched a public consultation on plans to create 359 new homes in the Piccadilly area of central Manchester.

The plans are being brought forward by full service construction company, JRL Group and development manager Central and Urban.

They would see a new part 10-, part 28-floor residential building constructed on a largely vacant site located on the corner of Sparkle Street and Store Street, around 100 metres north of Manchester Piccadilly train station.

The proposals have been developed to respond to the aspirations set out within the Manchester Piccadilly Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF), which provides a comprehensive vision for the regeneration of the area surrounding Manchester Piccadilly train station and proposed HS2 station.

In keeping with the SRF, the proposed Sparkle Street development aims to create a sustainable, vibrant, and well-connected new community in the heart of the city, with improved public realm enhancements along Store Street.

The scheme proposes 354 one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, and five new townhouses fronting Store Street.

Working with architects, SimpsonHaugh, the plans include a staggered-height, red-brick building that will blend seamlessly with the surrounding neighbourhood, while also giving the building a unique and high quality character.

Paul Cummins, development director at JRL Group, said: “Once an overlooked area within the city centre, this part of Piccadilly is now at the heart of the action – linking the fast-growing Ancoats and New Islington neighbourhoods with the Northern Quarter and the rest of the city centre. This is a highly sustainable location for new homes, with exceptional public transport links and a host of amenities nearby.

“We’re committed to supporting the ongoing regeneration of this part of the city, contributing to the ongoing transformation of Manchester into an economic and cultural powerhouse, and providing significant improvements locally.”

The consultation will be open until Sunday, July 23. Further information about the proposals and how people can have their say can be found on the consultation website at

As part of the consultation process, information will be presented at a public drop-in event on July 20, at the Malmaison Hotel, 1-3 Piccadilly, between 4-7pm.

In addition to SimpsonHaugh, the project team includes Re-form (landscape architects) and Deloitte (planning consultant).

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