With the announcement, last week of the Greater Manchester Chambers shortlist for the 2018 Building of the Year Award, and Manchester council’s plans for a revamp of Manchester Town Hall and Albert Square this week, there has never been a more exciting time for the property industry in Manchester. There are property developments springing up all over the place, making it a really exciting place to both work and live. It can be hard though, to keep up with exactly what is happening in the property sector in the city centre so we have rounded up some of the developments that are happening at the moment, and why we think they are going the extra mile.
At the moment the tallest building in Manchester is the Beetham Tower, which houses the Hilton Manchester Hotel as well as a wide range of apartments and stands at 169 metres tall (47 floors). However, this is shortly to be surpassed by the Deansgate Square South Tower, which will stand at 201 metres, when it is completed in 2019. Deansgate Square itself is a development of four towers, of which the South Tower is the tallest, and it was developed by Renaker Build Limited who are based just down the road in Ancoats. Taking what once was rows of terraced houses which were homes to the many workers needed to fuel Manchester’s Industrial Revolution, and turning it into an iconic residential development is a fantastic way to regenerate this brownfield area. The four towers will provide 1508 luxury apartments between them, as well as private gardens, an indoor tennis court, a 25m swimming pool and a riverside plaza. As part of this development, De Trafford Estates have also received planning permission for some very high-end retirement properties in the same area. These will be a mix of one and two-bed apartments situated in brick towers, as well as Townhouses, and they will feature rooftop gardens with landscaped walkways as well.
Pavilion, Hardman Square, Spinningfields
Manchester was all abuzz with excitement earlier this year when it was announced that the celebrity hotspot restaurant The Ivy would be opening in Autumn-Winter 2018 in Hardman Square Spinningfields. Hardman Square itself has been designed to be an urban oasis in the heart of the city, with refreshing planting making it into a stunning green space. The Ivy is keeping with this theme with the design of its restaurant being a four-storey timber frame which will be softened by landscaped ledges and trellises. Set within ‘The Field’ which has been inspired by Eleanor Byrom, a young inhabitant of Manchester in the 1700’s whose health was transformed by a field opposite her home – a field which is today known as Hardman Square.
Designed by Sheppard Robson, developed by Allied London and Structurally Engineered by Engeuniti, the Pavilion has also been nominated for the Gtr Manchester Building of the Year 2018, which are run by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.
One of the most exciting developments we think is the Public Private Partnership development at Mayfield – a 24-acre derelict railway station in the heart of Manchester. A partnership between London and Continental Railways, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, Studio Egrets West (Architect), Bennett’s Associates (Architect) and U + I (Property Developer) this mixed-use scheme is going to breathe some much-needed life into a neglected area. Over £1.1 billion will be spent on creating 1,350 homes plus new commercial, retail and hotel accommodation, but the most exciting thing is the 6.5-acre public park that is planned as part of the scheme – the first public park in Manchester for over 100 years.
It is a large project, estimated to take around ten years to complete, but it is going to be fantastic. In the meantime, the developers are keeping people interested in the development and helping to grow the community by holding events such as a weekly street food fair, GRUB, and they have also opened a community garden as well.
These are just some of the amazing developments happening in our city at the moment, there are lots more to choose from making it a really exciting time for property marketing at the moment. Keep your eye on our blog and twitter for more updates on what is happening in property in Manchester and the surrounding areas.