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Mecanoo submits plans for Man City star’s housing scheme

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has become the latest footballer to try his hand at property development, submitting plans for a mixed-use scheme, designed by Mecanoo, in the city’s northern quarter

The Dutch practice has drawn up proposals for development vehicle M4nchester Two, headed up by the footballer and developer Nathan Ezair, to demolish a former electrical works in Ancoats and replace it with a nine-storey building.

The scheme includes 3,124m² of office space on the ground, first and second floors, with 75 homes for rent above, and a roof terrace on the top.

The building was initially proposed to be 10 to 11 storeys but pre-application meetings with Manchester City Council led the developer to reduce the height to nine.

Ezair is also director of northerngroup, an experienced developer behind projects in the area including the Ice Plant, Flint Glass Wharf and Jactin House.

Belgium international Kompany is by no means the first footballer to make the move into property development in Manchester. 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 from the world of cricket, Ashes hero Freddie Flintoff recently unveiled plans for a new tower designed by SimpsonHaugh in Castlefield.

And in London, ex England international 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.

Mecanoo opened its Manchester office in 2012 but scaled back its operations last year, making five redundancies and reducing its staff to two following completion on a number of projects.

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