Buildings of ‘height and density’ planned for Knott Mill
The final version of a masterplan outlining the potential for 124,000 sq ft of offices, retail and hotels, as well as 150 apartments around Knott Mill in Manchester, is set to be approved by the city council next week.
Produced by Knott Mill Association, made up of landowners in the area including architect SimpsonHaugh, the masterplan covers both existing buildings and vacant development plots, in an area bordered by the River Medlock, Renaker’s Deansgate Square development, and Whitworth Street West.
The 124,000 sq ft of commercial use would include 77,000 sq ft of offices; 26,000 sq ft of retail, and 22,000 sq ft for a hotel.
Primarily consisting of lower-rise office buildings and railway arches, the area is intersected by Little Peter Street and is home to a number of businesses spread across different office assets; companies based in the area include SimpsonHaugh, Fletcher Rae, Canning O’Neill, and RoC Consulting.
Manchester City Council’s executive is due to meet next week to approval a final version of the masterplan, incorporating comments from a public consultation.
According to the council: “All future development proposals for Knott Mill will need to be carefully considered in order to ensure that they help the city meet its zero-carbon target. All construction will be required to meet the highest standards of sustainable development.
“Given Knott Mill’s highly accessible location within the city centre, a key priority will be to promote sustainable transport modes.”
Development height will vary according to location; the larger-scale buildings will be nearer to Great Jackson Street, where Renaker has built the Deansgate Square cluster, reaching up to 67 storeys. Lower-rise building will be kept near to historic buildings in the area.
The masterplan notes that around Deansgate station there is also “potential for future high-density development”. Henry Boot Developments is working with Network Rail on a £100m regeneration around Deansgate station, although plans are yet to be revealed.