Zerum provided planning support for a residential scheme of 154 apartments, in a part 15, part 25 storey building, on behalf of Benjamin Property Company Limited. The residential accommodation will be supplemented by 1,700 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, as well as top-notch shared amenities such as a charming pocket courtyard and a rooftop terrace. It will take advantage of its superb connectivity due to its close proximity to Manchester Victoria Railway Station and the well-connected Cheetham Hill Road corridor.
- It has been designed by award-winning architect Hodder+Partners and developer Benjamin Property Company has selected United Living as the main contractor on the scheme.
- The site also sits within the area covered by the Great Ducie Street Strategic Regeneration Framework and is consistent with the ambitions that Manchester City Council has for the neighbourhood. The height, scale and appearance would contribute positively to the area and the development would be safe and secure.
- Stepped massing has been introduced to provide lower, sensitive backdrop to adjacent listed and noteworthy buildings, with taller element stepped up towards Cheetham Hill Road and towards the higher density Green Quarter.
- 20% of the apartments will be affordable.
- 90 construction jobs would be created through the construction of the development, which would create £5.6 million in GVA in the Great Manchester economy.
- The proposals use a simple palette of high-quality, robust materials to create a timeless appearance. The building will be constructed using pre-cast concrete which allows for a range of high-quality textured surface finishes and enables to create profiled elements on the facade to add richness.
- Landscape design has been provided by Land Studios and will consist of a semi private, green landscaped courtyard and a residents roof garden. The roof terrace will create a multifunctional space for residents to utilise with both communal and more semi-private areas, providing a range of zones for activities including, outdoor cooking and dining, workstations and relaxing seating spaces.
- It will be a low carbon development in a highly sustainable location. The development would be car free with the exception of an accessible bay/car club bay and loading bay. The travel plan would encourage residents to walk, cycle and use public transport.