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Assael brews 550-home scheme for former Boddingtons site

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Assael Architecture has unveiled a £175 million build-to-rent scheme on the site of the former Boddingtons Brewery in Manchester – the latest in a series of attempts to regenerate the site

The 556-home Old Brewery Gardens project for developer Prosperity Capital Partners has been submitted to Manchester City Council.

Since the brewery closed in 2005, a number of schemes have been proposed for the site. AHR Architects submitted proposals two years ago for a mixed-use scheme while in 2010, permission was given for a 200-bedroom hotel designed by HKR Architects. Prior to that, the site was earmarked for a development by HOK Architects in 2007, which faltered due to the recession.

Assael’s 52,700m2 proposal is for a 26-storey tower and a 17-storey tower, with 375 homes for rent and 181 for sale.

It features 3,700m2 retail and commercial space alongside resident amenities including a gym, resident lounges, rooftop terraces and an open-air cinema and outdoor yoga studio in a communal garden.

The site is opposite the Manchester Arena and near Victoria station. 

Assael said the design was ‘mindful of Manchester’s existing character, using materials and colours that are consistent with the surrounding red brick buildings, helping tie the new in with the old’.

Assael director Félicie Krikler said: ‘The Old Brewery Gardens scheme in Manchester will make a significant contribution to the area and city, both culturally and economically.

‘The quality design blends the residential buildings into the wider landscape, with the red brick hinting towards Manchester’s mercantile roots. The development is one of our most ambitious in the regions and will deliver a great environment for residents and the wider public.’


Project data

Location Manchester
Type of project Build to rent and sell residential with community, workspace and retail uses
Client Prosperity Capital Partners
Architect Assael Architecture
Landscape architect Alexandra Steed URBAN
Planning consultant Deloitte
Structural engineer Wardell Armstrong
M&E consultant Hilson Moran
Quantity surveyor Gleeds
Lighting consultant Hilson Moran
Main contractor TBC
Tender date July 2018
Start on site date January 2019
Completion date January 2024
Contract duration 5 years
Gross internal floor area 52,700m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Two-stage Design and Build

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