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HOK reveals vision for Boddingtons Brewery site

More than 480 new homes and a 20-storey tower planned for central Manchester site

HOK Architects has unveiled its development framework and masterplan for the Boddingtons Brewery site in Manchester.

The 7.3ha Strangeways Boddingtons Brewery plant, which was controversially closed in 2005 when beer production was moved to South Wales, is in line for a £250 million mixed-use redevelopment, which will provide more than 480 new homes and a college.

The scheme – backed by Ask Developments and Realty Estates – will also include a 20-storey tower, as well as a series of low-rise blocks, from five to eight stories in height, to be located around a new public square.

HOK has retained the much-loved Boddingtons chimney, and the water wells used to brew the beer, which will be incorporated into the development’s heating and cooling system.

HOK vice president Steven McGrane said: ‘It is an area which was earmarked for regeneration and needed to be reconnected back to the city. The idea is to bring the wealth of the city centre northwards.

‘We want to create a new business density, moving the area into the 21st century but not ignoring the industrial past.’

The project is yet to be submitted for planning.

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