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Manor Point – Manchester, by Carey Jones

[FIRST LOOK] The Eight-story development will house 672 student apartments as part of the planned new ‘community campus’ in Birley Fields, Hulme

‘Manor Point – Manchester’ is an eight-storey development close to the main university campuses that will house 672 student apartments alongside retail and office space. Designed by the new Manchester office of Carey Jones, the project is expected to complete in 2012, subject to planning permission.

The intention is that the accommodation and communal kitchens are ‘expressed as features around a central courtyard – providing a strong, characteristic, yet unified facade that gives this building a landmark presence within its fragmented context’.

The development offers approximately 400m² of retail space for a convenience store and around 500m² of office space.

John Broadbent of property consultants Guest Garsden said Manor Property Group, which owns the site, had: ‘worked tirelessly in recent months with the council and the local regeneration partnership to design a symbolic landmark development, which will sit within the heart of the Southern Gateway Area of Manchester.

‘The Manor Point – Manchester development represents a major boost to the regeneration of the area, which has stalled during the recession. Manor’s significant investment demonstrates great faith in the area’s potential and they should be congratulated for making this bold move to revitalise this groundbreaking regeneration initiative.

‘This is an exciting and innovative project, which we consider will be well received by the market and well placed upon completion in 2012,’

The Birley Fields Campus Plan

The Birley Fields Campus Plan is being developed by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and Manchester City Council to create a new community campus at Birley Fields in Hulme. The site is bordered by Stretford Road, Royce Road and Princes Road and has been earmarked for commercial clearance since the 1990s.

The campus will incorporate shared community facilities including a major new public square fronting Stretford Road at the heart of the site. The aim is to open up new training opportunities and create links with schools to help local children and young people progress into higher education. The plans are anticipated to economically benefit Hulme and Moss Side, with the 6,000 staff and students on the new Campus adding £29.2 million net annual value to the local economy, according to an Impact Study by Roger Tym and Partners.
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