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Irish giant's Manchester office unveils first designs - images

Irish firm HKR Architects' Manchester office has submitted these designs to planners, which the department hopes will be its first project.

The residential scheme on Springfield Lane, Salford will include 77 apartments with balconies and gardens for client Space Developments.

The project will be sited on a brownfield site of contaminated land, creating a striking and modern five-storey block, constructed from timber frame and clad in dark grey brick.

Entrances to the apartments are identified by double-height red portals, which glow in the evening and further enhance activity at ground-floor level.

Steel and glass balconies with white brick recesses help, the practice claims, turn the corners and order the facade.

All windows are room height, maximising daylight and adding to the spacious feel internally.

The site lies within the Chapel Street regeneration area, adjacent to the proposed Urban Splash development on the River Irwell.

The building's design, it is hoped, will act as a catalyst for further development in this area, which is on the fringe of Manchester's expanding city centre. HKR hopes it will help knit together the disparate parts of the existing community.

by Richard Vaughan

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