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Assael gets go-ahead for 550-home scheme on former Boddingtons site

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Assael Architecture has won planning consent for a £175 million build-to-rent scheme on the site of Manchester’s long-closed Boddingtons Brewery

Manchester City Council’s planning and highways committee approved the 556-home Old Brewery Gardens project – the latest in a series of attempts to regenerate the site.

Assael’s proposal for developer Prosperity Capital Partners includes a 26-storey tower containing 181 homes for sale, and four smaller blocks holding a total of 375 homes for rent. It also features retail and commercial space.

A communal garden will be used for open-air cinema while other amenities will include a gym, residents’ lounges and rooftop terraces for outdoor yoga.

Since the brewery closed in 2005, a number of schemes have been proposed for the site. AHR Architects submitted plans 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.

London-based Assael said the design was mindful of Manchester’s existing character, using materials, colours and an architectural language consistent with the surrounding red brick buildings.

The development aims to tie the existing community into the site, giving locals the opportunity to set up businesses within it.

Assael Architecture director Félicie Krikler said: ‘Old Brewery Gardens is set to make a significant contribution to Manchester and the surrounding area, both culturally and economically.

‘The scheme will deliver much-needed housing for those enjoying Manchester’s growing regional economy, while tying itself into the existing landscape and community.

‘The red brick used throughout the scheme subtly nods to Manchester’s mercantile past and its booming future.’

Old Brewery Gardens is anticipated to start on site in 2019 and to be completed by the end of 2022.


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 Five years
Gross internal floor area 52,700m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Two-stage Design and Build

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  • If the sketch of the old Dutton Hotel is designed to show consistency in architectural language, we're being taken for idiots.
    The reality would appear to be that former human-scale buildings are now an impossibility if the development is to be 'viable', and it's the common story of much higher densities and massive repetitive facades leads simply to architecture that has more in common with pigeon-holes and filing cabinets.

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