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Tim Groom gets the go-ahead for latest Manchester PRS towers

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Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council has approved plans for 363 private rented sector (PRS) homes designed by Tim Groom Architects

The £50 million scheme on the Cornbrook Works site on the Manchester and Trafford border at the end of Chester Road features two high-rise blocks of 19 and 16 storeys among a mix of two and three-bedroom townhouses; one, two and three-bedroom apartments and family-duplex apartments.

Backed by developer Bellward Properties, the 1.02ha project is the latest in a series of new PRS developments designed by the practice and will add to the emerging cluster of residential developments in the area.  

Other nearby schemes include two by Ollier Smurthwaite Architects – its Ellesmere Street development and the 11-storey City Gardens project.

The main tower within Tim Groom’s newly approved 29,371m² proposal on the A56 near Cornbrook Metrolink station was reduced in height by two storeys from the pre-application stage in response to concerns its height would have affected nearby properties.

Practice founder Tim Groom said: ‘It has been a collaborative process and we have worked hard to design something that provides great places to live while bringing greenery and a huge amount of open space back to the site.

We’ve drawn from the site’s history as a steel plant with a simple and refined palette of brick and metal detailing

’We’ve created lots of opportunities for residents to meet and enjoy outdoor space as well as providing a good variety of homes that reactivate the existing streets. Back at the turn of the 20th century Cornbrook Works, a steel plant, was located at the centre of our site.

’We’ve drawn from this history in the materiality of the design with a simple and refined palette of brick and metal detailing.’

Ellie Philcox of planning advisers Euan Kellie Property Solutions added: ’The scheme will comprehensively regenerate a site that has long been earmarked for development on a key gateway site between Trafford and Manchester, and will make a significant contribution towards housing supply within the borough.

’The scheme has been designed in such a way as to improve pedestrian links to the Metrolink from the neighbouring existing residential areas and beyond.’

Work is expected to start on site next spring (2018). 

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Project data

Location Chester Road, Trafford
Use Residential (PRS)
Client Bellward Properties
Architect Tim Groom Architects
Landscape architect Layer
Consultant EKPS
Structural Engineer Renaissance
M&E consultant Futureserv
Funding Undisclosed
Tender date September 2017
Start on site date Spring 2018
Completion date Autumn 2020
Gross internal floor area 29,371m²

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