AEW submits plans for Ancoats apartments

Architect AEW has submitted a planning application for a mixed eight-and-nine storey building of 46 apartments on the site of the Cheshire Cheese pub on Oldham Road, Manchester.

The brick-clad development will include a mix of one and two-bed apartments for private rent, as well as 13 car parking spaces for tenants at ground floor level over 3,500 sq ft, and cycle storage. Around 30% of the apartments are one-beds.

The developer for the scheme is Cheshire Cheese Assets, a special purpose vehicle set up by Prestwich-based developer Gita Frank, according to Companies House.

The Cheshire Cheese pub closed in 2005, but is still standing despite consent being granted for its demolition in 2004, while adjoining buildings at 32-38 Oldham Road were knocked down in 2007.

The site was purchased by the developer from the Homes & Communities Agency, now Homes England, following a competitive tender in 2015.

The professional team also includes WSP as transport consultant and Edgeplan as planner.

As part of a growing cluster of development in the area, the project sits opposite Balfour Beatty’s £65m private-rented scheme of 274 apartments, designed by Hodder + Partners. Construction started on site earlier this month after it secured a funding deal with AIG.

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Comrade Leese continues with the grand plan to replicate 1970’s Dresden in 2020’s Manchester.

By Loganberry

bit boring isnt it? Its a shame British design seems to have flipped from the bleeding edge (during the victorian era) to the bloodied and broken edge stuck in the past.

By QuaysMan

Looks like something they’d build in the Baltic in Liverpool

By Sinead

For such a prime site this is a boring building.

By Elephant

Looks great, finally this corner getting some life

By Abis

Utterly forgettable building.

By Crankyacid

Why so bland in Manchester – whereas Salford is taking on a whole new look. Poor us …..

By Rebecca Brooke

More apartments we need houses to attract families is Richard Lee’s on the board

By Paula

I’ve seen cardboard boxes with more character.

By Ham Shank

Bland, boring and absolutely no thought put in to it’s location. Yes, I’m sure the resident of the first floor apartment will relish in the thought of sitting out on there balcony overlooking a noisy main road, in the shade, inhaling traffic fumes. How delightful!

By Steve

At last something happening, done some digging and it’s developer Northhold group from Prestwich. Think it’s not a bad scheme in comparison to everything else that’s gone up

By Rooney


By Anon

There is a infestation on the site at the home rate have been seen going on a small hole at the front

By Thomas forrest

Fabulous design! Sympathetic to the surrounding architecture and location, and built with the classic red brick that has given Manchester city centre its warmth and character for hundreds of years. A modern concept constructed with traditional materials that makes for an exciting visual accomplishment on this site. Great work AEW.

By Wintyknowsbest

I think people are confusing ‘rational’ and ‘simple’ with ‘boring’. This design sits well in this location and will fit well in the urban grain of the area.

By Bradford

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