Didsbury Point Southway p.Alun Hayes

Buttress Architects designed Southway's development. Credit: via UK Networks

Didsbury homes and NQ hotel tipped for consent 

Manchester City Council looks likely to approve Southway Housing Group’s plans for 76 affordable properties off The Boulevard and Jadebricks’ proposals for a 117-bedroom hotel on Oldham Street. 

Didsbury Point

Didsbury Point Southway p.Alun Hayes

The development would be 100% affordable. Credit: via UK Networks

Developer: Southway Housing  

Architect: Buttress Architects 

Planner: Euan Kellie Property Solutions 

Application number: 135235/FO/2022

Southway Housing Trust submitted proposals to Manchester City Council for 76 homes off Princess Road in Didsbury in October. 

All of the homes within the development would be available on affordable tenures: 30 for affordable rent and 46 for shared ownership.  

The brownfield site is one of the remaining development plots within Didsbury Point, which has come forward over several years as part of the redevelopment of the former Withington Hospital, which closed in 2002.  

Designed by Buttress Architects, Southway’s scheme features a six- to eight-storey apartment block with a medical centre on the ground floor. 

The project team also includes Civic Engineers, Clancy, GIA and Plincke. 

A report to the council’s planning committee states that 182 letters of objection were received in relation to the scheme, while Lib Dem councillor John Leach has also voiced his concerns, claiming the scheme amounts to “overdevelopment”. 

However, Manchester City Council has recommended the project for approval when its planning committee meets on 19 January, stating that the scheme “accords with all national and local planning policies and guidance”. 

Larard’s Still 

Larards Still Jadebricks p.Turley

SimpsonHaugh designed the project. Credit: via Turley

Developer: Jadebircks  

Architect: Simpson Haugh 

Planner: Turley 

Application number: 134953/FO/2022

Located between Oldham Street and Spear Street in Manchester, plans for the 117-bedroom Larard’s Still feature the retention and conversion of several existing buildings.  

Jadebricks, which is headed up by former Edwards & Co partner Mike Bathurst, acquired the site in 2020 and plans to retain and re-use 68 Oldham Street, while also keeping the façade of 70 Oldham Street.  

The main element of the scheme will see the creation of a new-build 10-storey block, while the warehouse at 61-65 Spear Street would be converted and extended upwards by three storeys.  

Cycas Hospitality has signed up to manage the aparthotel under Accor’s Adagio brand.  

As well as the hotel rooms, the scheme would also feature a guest lounge, gym and laundry facilities, and two independent commercial units on the ground floor.  

Manchester City Council’s planning officers said that the scheme would “contribute positively to the city’s hotel supply, improve legibility and wayfinding along a key pedestrian linkage within the Northern Quarter, and reactivate a site that has been vacant for some time.” 

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Great to see more flats approved for the vibrant graduate community in Didsbury! Could do with more parking and balconies though.


    Hi MC – just a heads up that the flats have not yet been approved, but are recommended for approval at the planning committee meeting next week. – J

    By Julia Hatmaker

Didsbury Point – why not balconies for all the properties? Disappointing

By Balcony warrior

Still quite a few buildings on oldham Street in need of some TLC so Larard’s Sill is welcoming with the retention of the facade and adding some density

By Tomo

Tomo you say adding density like that’s a good thing


Still no longer views of the Larard’s Still proposal on their website- is there something we aren’t supposed to see at the top of the tower? Just asking…

By Gene Walker

Density is a good thing. Density will support local businesses and enable people to live in close-knit neighbourhoods where they can walk or cycle to their destinations.

If you don’t want to live in a high density neighbourhood there are plenty of sprawling suburbs in the NW to choose from. Just don’t complain when you find they have zero public transport provision or any shops or services walking distance from your front door (because they do not have the population base to support such things).

By Anonymous

Agreed there’s no reason why the affordable housing in Didsbury shouldn’t be provided with balconies. Why the inconsistency? This is a basic amenity.

By Balcony watch

Fabulous scheme and design on Oldham, so it can be done and this should be applauded so other developers take heed.

By 3D bloke

Didsbury Point, total overdevelopment, and congested roads, who wants a balcony to breathe that lot in.

By Steffie

Strongly disagree with this proposal. It would cause immense traffic congestion and parking issues in our neighbourhood.

By Devon Wallace

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