Residential and commercial proposals for key gateway site into Manchester

CGI of proposed Cornbrook scheme

Plans for a major residential and commercial scheme at a key gateway site into Manchester are likely to be approved at next Thursday’s meeting of the Manchester City Council Planning and Highways Committee.

Officers have recommended for approval a scheme by Forshaw Land & Property Group which wants to transform a vacant brownfield site at Cornbrook into a high quality, mixed use residential scheme, comprising 224 apartments, an aparthotel and coffee bar.

The Bolton-based developer acquired the one-acre plot, adjacent to VOX Manchester and the Cornbrook Metrolink, from waterside regeneration specialists Peel Waters, which is master-planning the wider Manchester Waters site.

The proposed 24-storey development would consist of 224 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and five, two- three- and four-bedroom penthouse apartments with private terraces.

Spaces to play, socialise and connect with fellow neighbours have been designed into the scheme, with the inclusion of a games room, communal coworking spaces, private dining room, yoga studio and a residents’ gym.

Community building and socialising will be further enhanced by the ground floor retail spaces which will be used for further amenity space and an independent coffee bar, providing a convenient space and service for Manchester Waters residents, workers, commuters, and visitors on their way to-and-from the city.

Also included within the plans is a four-storey, 87-room apart-hotel. Located between Manchester city centre and Old Trafford, the site offers a desirable ocation and further rooms to meet demand for Greater Manchester’s growing visitor economy.

Leach Rhodes Walker has been instructed as the architects on the project and has taken design influence for the development from the historical industrial context of the site. The proposed creation of this high quality gateway building will mark the arrival point into the city and Manchester Waters, while complementing the other new buildings close to the site.

Lyndon Forshaw, Managing Director, Forshaw Group, said: “I’m really excited by our proposals for this hugely important gateway site that delivers on the ambitions of the Cornbrook Regeneration Framework.

“The development will mark the entrance to Manchester city centre providing much needed new homes along with a brand new upmarket hotel. This will be our largest residential-led scheme to date and deliver the first hotel of our new prestigious brand Vivere Aparthotels.”

The proposed Forshaw development will form part of a wider Manchester Waters masterplan to regenerate the brownfield site and bring much needed quality homes and amenities to the area.

James Whittaker, Executive Director, Peel Waters, said: “We’re really pleased to be working in partnership with Forshaw Group to bring forward an opportunity to create needed high quality housing, places to stay and amenity space to the area.

“The proposed plans by Forshaw Group complement our vision for the wider Manchester Waters neighbourhood which will transform the site into a sustainable, mixed use community, which will offer a range of inclusive living options in one of the most desirable locations in Greater Manchester.”

Manchester Waters is part of Peel Waters, a UK-wide portfolio of vibrant and innovative, waterfront developments, delivering large scale, sustainable regeneration projects, creating jobs, economic growth, new homes and new public realm across the country.

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