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Studio Egret West to overhaul Manchester suburb - images

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Studio Egret West (SEW) has unveiled plans for an ambitious regeneration of Manchester's run-down Ancoats suburb.

Ex-Alsop stars Christophe Egret and David West have drawn up detailed plans for 37 'sustainable' flats and shops wrapped round an existing pub.

According to the developer, Igloo Regeneration, the scheme, dubbed Blossom Street Renewal, is distinguished by its roof, which comprises five folding ribbons creating a 'unique fusion' of all elements within the development.

In addition to Igloo, the development is also being led by New East Manchester and the Northwest Regional Development Agency.

SEW's appointment on the project comes a month after it was chosen to masterplan a £500 million regeneration of a swathe of abandoned former industrial land next to the River Tyne in South Shields ( Studio Egret West to mastermind brownfield development ).

Commenting on Blossom Street, an Igloo spokesman said: 'Igloo selects schemes based on three principles, regeneration, environmental sustainability and urban design.

'The Studio Egret West design will deliver great sustainable spaces for the local creative community in Manchester's most important regeneration area. We intend to invest further in Ancoats as opportunities arise.'

by Clive Walker

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