Hotspur Press redevelopment unanimously approved by Manchester planning committee

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Plans to redevelop The Hotspur Press building with a purpose built student accommodation block have been approved by Manchester City Council’s Planning Committee today (Thursday 30 May). 

 The scheme brought forward by developer Manner will seek to preserve much of the existing brick exterior, celebrate the heritage of the building and includes 595 student bedrooms across a 37-storey tower, a new public square and connected public realm linking the scheme to nearby Home arts centre and the popular square outside.

 The planning application was unanimously approved by the Planning Committee. 

The plans will also landscape the public realm, planting new trees and with the ambition to enhance the adjacent River Medlock – enriching the wildlife and biodiversity of the area. 

Manner is now actively looking for independent operators to occupy the building’s ground floor commercial space and is targeting organisations that fit with the developer’s aspirations for The Hotspur Press and that will bring something different to the neighbourhood.

In addition, Manner is in contact with nearby building operators and other partners in the city to explore how the development can act as a catalyst to further improve pedestrian links and connections across this part of the city centre.

Richard James, Managing Director of Manner, said: “We are confident the redevelopment and the creation of a new public square, independent outlets and public art, will be a fantastic addition to this part of the city centre – delivering a range of benefits for the local community as well as much needed accommodation for students. 

“As we prepare for the construction phase to get underway, we will continue our engagement with the local community and help facilitate opportunities to develop plans that will celebrate the historical and cultural significance of this part of the city centre.” 

Construction is anticipated to get fully underway in early 2025, with completion due for the 2028 academic year. 

The scheme wasn’t supported by Manchester Metropolitan University, who weren’t happy about the affordable element to the project.

The Hotspur Press has been designed by renowned architects Hodder + Partners with Macgregor Smith advising on landscape design, Turley acting as planning consultant and Social advising on community engagement.  


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