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Ian Simpson submits plans for Manchester flats

Town Centre Securities (TCS) has submitted plans for an 11-storey apartment scheme in Manchester city centre designed by Ian Simpson Architects.

The scheme, which overlooks the Rochdale canal from Tariff Street, is an all-residential scheme and will feature 91 one, two and three bedroom apartments.

The block forms part of a masterplan for the regeneration of Manchester’s Piccadilly Basin, which also includes provision for a potential new station for HS2.

The development team has worked closely with English Heritage to develop a design ‘which responds well to the adjoining listed buildings’. 

According to TCS, the proposed building will feature three distinct sections with the lower level, built of brick, will echo the red, orange and brown tones of the Victorian warehouses.

The elevations on the middle level will be formed with aluminium or stainless steel panels, a nod to the ironwork features in and around the surrounding basin.

According to the practice, the upper level will be ‘completely glazed to contrast with the lower levels…. [reflecting] the sky as well as becoming animated at night’. The design incorporates a number of environmentally efficient and sustainable features including plenty of bike storage for residents. 

Richard Lewis, Property Director at TCS said: ‘This was a key site in the original masterplan for Piccadilly Basin. Our ambition has always been to create a high quality, superior waterside development that completes the marina.

‘We are committed to sustainable development and have a solid reputation for quality and innovation.  This scheme will sit well with other high specification, design led buildings we have brought to the Basin including BDP’s offices and the stunning conversion of Carver’s Warehouse on Dale Street.

‘We have worked with Ian Simpson before on other significant projects including our original masterplan and the Urban change retail development, and are delighted to have them on board again.  This is a fantastic opportunity to regenerate a previously developed brownfield site, add further character and distinctiveness to this attractive and increasingly popular part of the city centre and complete this part of the masterplan.”  

GMI Construction Group is the development partner and Deloitte is the planning consultant for the scheme.

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