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Tim Groom submits plans for luxury Manchester homes

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Tim Groom Architects has revealed plans to replace the derelict Excelsior Mill in Castlefield, Manchester, with 108 luxury flats

The £26 million scheme in Hulme Hall Road for developer Mulbury is the practice’s latest residential project in the city, which is seeing a boom in housing developments.  

The eight-storey block next to the Bridgewater Canal will sit just outside the Castlefield conservation area on the site of the former 1870 brick-built printing and book binding works, which partially collapsed in July 2015.

The one, two and three-bedroom flats are all earmarked for private sale.

Tim Groom Architects is also working residential schemes across the city including 134 homes in Great Ancoats Street.

Practice principal Tim Groom said: ‘The design responds to the distinct Manchester context of Castlefield and the turn in the canal.

’We have looked to reinterpret the architectural history of the site and the old-fashioned printing trays in some of the ornamentation around the building entrances at roadside and canal edge.’

Last month the design team held a public consultation on the proposed 10,500m² scheme and has also consulted with Manchester City Council, Places Matter!, the Bridgewater Canal Company and local councillor Nigel Murphy during the planning process.

James Alderson, head of Mulbury City, the company’s city centre residential division, added: ’This is an important scheme for Castlefield because it fills in a vacant plot along the canal.

‘It also brings back an active frontage to the canal towpath with its double-height entrance. We’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback so far on the design of the scheme.’

A full planning application was submitted earlier this month and, if approved, work on site is expected to  start on site next spring.

Tim Groom Architects' plans for 108 homes on the site of the derelict Excelsior Mill in Castlefield. Plans submitted April 2017

Source: Darcstudio

Project data

Location Hulme Hall Road, Manchester
Use Private sale residential – 108 flats
Client Mulbury City
Architect Tim Groom Architects
Planning consultant Deloitte
Structural Engineer Ramboll
M&E consultant Futureserv
Quantity Surveyor RLB
Main contractor To be appointed
Funding Confidential
Tender date June 2017
Start on site date Spring 2018
Completion date Summer 2019
Contract duration 16 months
Gross internal floor area 10,500m² (approx)
Total cost £26 million

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