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Ollier Smurthwaite to lodge Churchgate Manchester plans

The first phase of Ollier Smurthwaite Architects’ housing-led Churchgate scheme is set to be submitted to Manchester City Council for planning permission

Drawn up for client De Trafford Estates Group, the Chester Road scheme features 167 homes and eight shops.

The phase-one element is 12 storeys at its highest, before stepping down to 10 and then eight storeys in height. The development on the main arterial route linking Manchester city centre with Salford Quays also features basement car parking and a landscaped public square.

Amenity space for residents includes a communal lounge on the upper ground floor and a communal roof terrace that will include beehives, shared gardens and BBQ area.

The Manchester-based practice said one unique aspect of the scheme is that the majority of its apartments are either duplex or triplex, with interiors conceived as a prefabricated timber componentinserted within the concrete frame of the building.

The practice said concrete floors and circulation corridors were only required at every other level, reducing the build programme and saving on the cost of the concrete frame.

Churchgate 7

Upper level of an apartment at Ollier Smurthwaite Architects’ proposed Churchgate development in Manchester.

Project data

Location Chester Road, Manchester

Type of project mixed use 

Client De Trafford Estates Group

Architect Ollier Smurthwaite Architects

Start on site date TBC

Completion date TBC


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