Property round-up: One Medlock Street; Cheshire Homes; Anwyl Homes; Generation; Goyt Valley House; Castle Green Homes

CGI of One Medlock Street

Contractor, HG Construction, has been named as the main contractor on a Manchester-based purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme for developer Greystar.

One Medlock Street will comprise 1,014 student rooms across 37 storeys, with access to amenity space at ground, first, 11th and 37th floors to promote the health and wellbeing of the residents. The scheme will deliver 13,000 sq ft of resident amenities in total, including a gym, yoga studio, quiet study areas, meeting spaces, screening rooms, shared lounges and games rooms.

The development will incorporate sustainability features including a green living roof, solar PV panels and sustainable materials. Plans also include an 11-storey public art installation across 30 pre-cast panels.

Located in the Deansgate regeneration area, One Medlock is an 11-minute walk from Manchester Metropolitan University. The scheme is also a 20-minute walk from both the main and north campuses of The University of Manchester – two of the UK’s most populous universities. HG Construction will be internally delivering the concrete frame and piling on the scheme, which is due for completion in 2028.

Adam Quinn, CEO, HG Construction, said: “This is an exciting scheme which will make a significant contribution to the transformation of this area and help to meet the high and growing demand for first class student accommodation in the Manchester area.”

One Medlock Street was one of two schemes acquired earlier this month by Student Roost, the Greystar and GIC-owned business, in Manchester and Birmingham in a deal thought to be worth £450m.


CGI of College View

Cheshire Homes Group is bringing forward proposals for new purpose-built student accommodation on the corner of Moss Lane East and Acomb Street in Manchester.

Currently comprising a three-storey apartment building, the site of the proposed development site is conveniently situated on Manchester’s ‘Higher Education Corridor’. It is just a 10-15 minute walk to the city’s two major universities and serves as an ideal location for new purpose-built student accommodation.

The College View proposal has been developed in response to the sustained demand for student accommodation in Manchester, which continues to grow in light of the city’s expanding university population and its reputation as a vibrant educational hub.

The proposal seeks to deliver 169 studios alongside a gym and fitness suite, study area, lobby, lounge laundry room, and secure cycle storage, all of which would be set within a part-six part-four storey building. The building would be surrounded by a high quality landscaping scheme and students would have access to a secure, private garden located at the back of the site.

Inspired by the area’s heritage, the design, by architectural practice TODD Architects, sees red brick used as the principal material across the building to ensure that the area’s distinctive character is preserved.

Nido Living, a renowned operator of student accommodation with extensive experience in managing high quality living spaces across the UK and Europe, has been selected to operate the building on its completion.

Azeem Ali, Development Director at Cheshire Homes Group, said: “With extensive amenities and a focus on sustainability and community, we are confident that this development will offer an exceptional living experience that supports both academic and personal growth.”

In addition to TODD Architects, other members of the professional team include Asteer Planning (planning), DEP Landscape Architecture (landscape architects) and Innov8 (project management).

The consultation is open for three weeks, from Monday July 8, to Sunday July 28. More information on the plans for College View can be found on the consultation website:


Karen Wilson and Phil Dolan at ground breaking

Housebuilder, Anwyl Homes, has acquired a five-acre site for 65 new homes in Chorlton, Manchester from a youth charity. The Greater Manchester Youth Federation will use monies from the land sale to reinvest in local youth facilities.

Anwyl was selected as preferred development partner for the Wilbraham Road site in 2022 after a competitive tender process. Planning permission was granted in October 2023.

The new development will be marketed as Dalton Fields in a nod to its former name of Harry Dalton Fields. The venture will include three- and four-bedroom homes for private sale, plus 13 affordable homes, seven of which will be designated for social rent and six for shared ownership. The homes will all be highly energy-efficient, using air source heat pumps to provide heating and hot water in place of traditional gas boilers, and each will have an electric vehicle charging point.

Phil Dolan, chief operating officer at Anwyl Homes, said: “Our new development will bring far-reaching benefits for the community. As well as delivering energy efficient new and affordable homes to meet strong demand, it will also bring on-site biodiversity net gain, additional tree planting and funding for local sports facilities. This includes upgrades to LED floodlights for our neighbours Maine Road FC so the club can host more home fixtures.”

Karen Wilson, chief executive of the GMYF, said: “The positive ripple effect from the sale of this site by the GMYF will be felt for decades to come. It’s brought huge social value, delivering affordable homes, and generating cash to reinvest straight back into youth services in Manchester. Every penny will go back into providing facilities for young people in our community. It’s ensured our charity will remain sustainable long term so we can continue offering vital provision, including youth centres and sport facilities, to give young people positive, safe places where they can spend time.”


CGI of proposed Generation scheme

Manchester-based property developer Generation has received planning consent to regenerate a former leather goods factory at Virgil Street in Cornbrook.

The scheme, designed by Nick Moss Architects, will create more than 8,600 sq ft of office space and four new-build townhouses. As part of the scheme Generation will also improve the adjoining open space, creating enhanced public access to the neighbouring park.

The scheme is in an area of major regeneration focused around the Cornbrook tram hub.

The new townhouses will have internal garages and be more than 1,700 sq ft, with private back gardens and roof terraces providing generous outdoor space overlooking the park.

As it will be speculative, the office space has been designed to potentially sub-divide in a number of ways. It will have its own private garden, a secure parking area and direct access to the public park.

Shehzad Chaudhri, from Generation, said: “The development will add what we believe will be much sought after variety to both the residential and workspace offer within an expanding city centre.”

A number of Generation’s other schemes in Manchester are at various stages of development. These include a planning application submitted last month for five new-build houses on a site between Altrincham and Hale town centres, a 16-apartment scheme currently on site in Brunswick, and a scheme for 85 apartments at Duncan Street in Salford which received planning approval in 2023.


Goyt Valley House, a Derbyshire County Council-owned-and-run former residential care home in New Mills, is to be put up for auction this month with a guide price of £450,000.

The facility, which accommodated 30 older residents, was closed by the local authority in 2022 due to escalating renovation costs, along with six other care homes, since when it has remained empty.

The three-storey, 12,400 sq ft building, situated on a 0.8-acre site on Jubilee Street close to New Mills town centre will appear in the next live streamed property auction to be held by SDL Property Auctions, part of the Eddisons group, on July 25.

Andrew Parker, auctioneer and managing director at SDL Property Auctions, said: “Goyt Valley House has come to the end of its life as a residential care facility, however, it’s a substantial building in a great residential location that would lend itself to a variety of potential new uses subject to a buyer gaining the necessary planning consent.”


Sian Pitt with Chris Hamriding and Pete Hutchins

New homes in Congleton will be released for sale ‘off plan’ in response to demand.

Castle Green Homes is working with Chris Hamriding Estate Agents to market the initial phase of its Woodland Manor development.

Almost 300 people have registered interest in 160 private sale homes being built on land at Viking Way.

Known as Woodland Manor, the scheme is part of a wider development of 396 homes taking shape across 57 acres.

Sian Pitt, sales director for Castle Green Homes, said: “The site of our Woodland Manor development was allocated for housing in the Cheshire East Council Local Plan Strategy and will help the council achieve housing delivery targets.

“The volume of enquiries we’ve received to date, without actively advertising, demonstrates there’s a strong demand for new homes in the Congleton area.”

Woodland Manor will offer a mix of three- and four-bedroom private sale homes. Prices will be announced at the launch.

Show homes at the site are due to open in spring 2025. The first homes are also expected to be ready to move into in spring 2025.

Pete Hutchins, executive partner at Chris Hamriding Estate Agents, said: “The synergy between Castle Green and ourselves is perfect, with their cutting edge technology, luxurious lifestyle homes and comprehensive customer service mixed with our local knowledge, award winning marketing and unbridled passion for property and the town, we’re a winning team.”

The wider 396-home scheme will include 215 homes for shared ownership and 21 for affordable rent, to be built by Castle Green Partnerships for Torus. It will also lead to circa £4.3m being contributed towards the Congleton Northern Link Road.

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