Freddie Flintoff has unveiled plans for his first foray into property development: a major residential scheme in Manchester with a 35-storey tower designed by SimpsonHaugh
The ex-England cricketer’s property company Logik Developments has submitted proposals for a 386-home scheme across three buildings in Castlefield including a former motorcycle works from the early 1900s.
The proposals are for a high-rise comprising 159 flats for private sale on the corner of Ellesmere Street and Mancunian Way as well as a U-shaped mid-rise building with a further 215 homes and 223m² of commercial space.
The façade of the red-brick Dot Motorcycle building will be retained and the interior transformed into 158m² of commercial space, with more homes on the three upper floors and a roof garden for residents at the top of the building.
Logik Developments, where Flintoff is a director alongside his cousin Neil Spencer and business partner Tony Bhatti, was incorporated in August last year and the Castlefield tower is its first project in Manchester.
Flintoff is also looking to bring forward another two sites at Mayfield as part of developer U+I’s £800 million regeneration of the area.
Explaining his move into the industry, the Ashes hero and self-described ‘adopted Mancunian’ spoke earlier this year of how he wanted to play a role in the transformation taking place in the city and ‘build something special’.
‘With that comes some pressure as well,’ he told the Manchester Evening News. ‘I’m not going to lie; when you look around, not every building is great and we want to build some proper ones. We want to build some that we’re proud of.’
‘This is the first site and we want to get it 100 per cent right.’
The England all-rounder is not the only sporting legend turning his hand to development. Across the city, former Manchester United players Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs are working with Hodder + Partners on the contentious St Michael’s skyscraper scheme.
And in London, Neville’s one-time teammate Rio Ferdinand is collaborating with ex-West Ham striker Bobby Zamora and current West Ham midfielder Mark Noble on a new, socially motivated development programme, Legacy Foundation.
Subject to planning approval, work on Flintoff’s should begin on the scheme later this year.