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FCBS and RTKL appointed to first phase of Manchester Life housing

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Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and RTKL have been named as the architects working on the first phase of the Manchester Life housing development

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) is working on the Murrays’ Mill site (pictured) in Ancoats which will transform one of the oldest surviving steam powered cotton mills into homes, while RTKL is working on the housing at New Union Street next to the Rochdale Canal.

The first phase of Manchester Life - a joint venture between Manchester City Council and Manchester City Football Club owner Abu Dhabi United - includes more than 900 new private-rented homes on six sites in Ancoats and New Islington.

Murrays’ Mills and New Union Street will be the first two of the six to be developed.

Marty Edelman, executive chairman of Manchester Life Development Company, commented: ‘We have focused on preserving the heritage of one of Manchester’s most important historical buildings, and setting a new benchmark for residential accommodation in what will become one of the city’s most vibrant and well located neighbourhoods.’

Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, added: ‘Manchester Life is another chapter in East Manchester’s regeneration story which began in the 1990s and was accelerated by the Commonwealth Games and Abu Dhabi United Group’s investment in the Etihad campus. These will be quality homes which will help transform the eastern edge of the city centre and make a major contribution to Manchester’s continuing growth.’

FCBS’s appointment follows the firm’s announcement that it is set to open a Manchester office. The firm has also recently launched a recruitment drive in the North West (AJ 06.01.15).

A planning application is set to be submitted for the housing schemes in spring 2015.

The phase one team

Multi-discipline engineer Arup
Planning consultant Deloitte Real Estate
Architect (Murrays’ Mills) Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Architect (New Union Street) RTKL
Heritage consultants KM Heritage
Advisory services KPMG
Construction, design and management coordinator MAC Consulting
Project management MACE
Program management Pierre Angulaire
Corporate, property and planning legal advice Squire Patton Boggs
Legal advice on land acquisition Walker Morris

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