Developer completes New Cross resi

Boutique residential developer Taylor Rhodes Group has delivered its first development in Manchester’s New Cross, to the north of the city centre.

The former textile factory has been converted into Brooklyn Lofts, 10 loft-style apartments as the developer looks to capitalise on an area starting to undergo rapid change. A public realm strategy was signed off by Manchester City Council last year, and the area is a key part of the Northern Gateway housing strategy, sitting close to the central NOMA district.

The first residents have moved into Brooklyn Lofts, which fully sold off-plan.

Partners the group works with include architect Garry Usherwood & Associates, law firm Glenville Walker, contractor Vanguard Building & Civils, and building surveyor AA Projects.

Jake Knotman, group director, said: “We are really excited and proud to complete our first project in Manchester city centre. The development breathes new life in to an untouched part of the city centre, and it’s great to see other developers following suit in this new area of town.

“We now can’t wait to start construction on our next two schemes in Manchester and Liverpool.”

Taylor Rhodes is gearing up to start work on Union Square in Red Lion Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, a 38-apartment new-build project that is expected to take 14 months to complete, and has again sold off-plan.

Alongside its development plans, the business is bringing forward a property management app.

Brooklyn Lofts 2

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This is the sort of development that is needed in Manchester; not poorly designed ‘iconic’ towers.

By Acelius

Yep, that’s exactly what we need, Acelius. Flats that are below minimum space standards crammed into a tired old building, all sold off-plan to investors and branded after a city 3000 miles away. And as it was brought forward under the Government’s ridiculous PDR scheme it didn’t need planning permission and the Council couldn’t get a Section 106 contribution so this make no contribution to the development of the area at all.

Maybe save your comments for something you actually have some knowledge of.

By Raj

Nobody is forcing you to buy one Raj.


Dear Raj. Thanks for your feedback, good or bad its all appreciated and taken on-board. Just to confirm a few points you were incorrect on.

The scheme did have planning permission, it was not a PDR scheme and the reason there was no S106 is it was under 12 units so therefore didn’t qualify.

The building has been totally refurbished and is not tired, it actually has some stunning characteristics and we are now working on an external restoration programme to restore the outside to its former glory. If beautiful historical buildings are not to your taste then thats a personal preference.

The development is 10 apartments, 4 of these were purchased by home owners to live in, 3 have been purchased by UK landlords and 1 by an international landlord . We retained two. All apartments were available on the open market for anybody to buy and we are thrilled to have a mix of home owners and renters in our block.

The reason we sell off-plan is so we can use some of the money to complete the build programme, UK banks will not lend on development projects at the moment, but please feel free to pass me details of a UK bank that does so I can call them urgently. I have a lot of business for them !

One other point I nearly forgot, is all apartments in the block comply with the Greater Manchester planning framework minimum space standards and have been signed off by building control as adhering to these standards.

Manchester to Brooklyn is just over 3000 miles, so you are totally correct on this point.

Kindest Regards

Alex Taylor

By Taylor Rhodes Group

@Taylor Rhodes Group

Great to see developer interaction on here. Very well presented response. Well done!! appreciative

By Appreciative

I know this is a site for grown-up property professionals but……hahahahaha re Raj and the response from TRG.

By Allotmentlad

Raj, you been “handed your backside” there!
Congratulations to Taylor Rhodes.

By Carl

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