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Mecanoo reveals plans for Manchester housing

Leaf Street housing, Manchester by Mecanoo
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Dutch practice Mecanoo has unveiled its plans for a 9,500m² housing scheme in Hulme, Manchester


The scheme includes 85 apartments in a five-storey block and 20 three-storey family homes alongside new public realm and parking.

The S-shape of the housing’s plan creates two semi-enclosed public green spaces which are connected to each other through large gates within the building which also mark the entrance to the apartments.

Bordering Manchester Metropolitan University, the Leaf Street site has had a history of urban renewal and this will be the fourth time it has been redeveloped. Victorian terraced homes on the site were demolished after the Second World War to make way for the Hulme Crescents – one of the UK’s largest post-war social housing schemes. In the 1990s the ‘crescents’ were demolished and a large part of the neighbourhood was redeveloped.

The project is set to be the first scheme completed by housing provider One Manchester after it was formed from the merger of Eastlands Homes and City South Manchester Housing Trust last year.

The scheme is set to start on site next month and is expected to complete in 2017.

Leaf Street housing, Manchester by Mecanoo

Leaf Street housing, Manchester by Mecanoo

Project data

Location Hulme, Manchester 
Type of project housing
Architect Mecanoo
Client One Manchester
Project manager R-gen
Structural engineer Renaissance
Mechanical and electrical engineer Max Fordham
Acoustic consultant Max Fordham
Cost consultant Simon Fenton Partnership
Area 9,500m2
Tender date 2015
Start on site date 2016
Completion date 2017

Leaf Street housing, Manchester by Mecanoo

Leaf Street housing, Manchester by Mecanoo


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