First Street PBSA, Downing, p planning docs

Plans form the final phase of Downing's £400m First Street scheme. Credit: via planning documents

Downing tables plans for 28-storey Manchester PBSA

The developer wants to swap one co-living block out of its £400m First Street residential scheme to instead provide 555 student beds on the site bounded by Mancunian Way and Medlock Street.

Downing Living has lodged plans with Manchester City Council to build a 28-storey student accommodation block in the final phase of the wider masterplan, replacing its previously approved plans for a 322-apartment co-living building.

The first and second phases of the £400m scheme, which topped out earlier this month, comprise a total of 1,894 co-living units across three blocks.

Downing held a consultation on its alternative plans for the third and final phase in October.

The Simson Haugh-designed student scheme would feature 288 studios, as well as 215 standard bedrooms in groups of four- and five-bed clusters.

Of the 555 units, 110 are proposed to be affordable.

In terms of amenities, residents would have access to a communal lounge, a cinema room, a gym, study spaces, and a cycle hub with 30 bike racks.

Revised plans also include a 2,400 sq ft size increase to the proposed public park, as well as the reorientation of the wider site to enhance connectivity and to create a distinctive visual marker.

At the time of consultation, Ian Harrison, projects director at Downing, said: “In light of the significant increase in the demand for PBSA in Manchester city centre, we hope that the development will not only contribute towards meeting this need, but also diversify the residential offer at First Street and help to solidify its status as one of the city’s most successful regeneration stories.”

Deloitte is advising on the proposals. The project team also includes Open, Planit, Urban Green, Penny Anderson Associates, AJP, Abacus, Element, and Sanderson Consult.

To learn more about the revised plans, search for application number 138831/FO/2023 on Manchester City Council’s planning portal.

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Never heard of ‘affordable’ student accomm… what you gonna do, means test 18 year olds with no income in the first place?

By John W

It’s clear MCC have no coherent PBSA policy, why pretend to have one, why not judge each site on its specific merits? This was always going to happen at First street. It will happen in Union in due course. Played like a fiddle!

By Loanstar

30 bike racks for 555 students??

By OnYer

A review of policy H12 would enlighten loanstar

By Policy lover

I think they are meant to share bikes…or use public transport.

By Anonymous

John W – Aren’t undergraduate UK students means tested anyway. The amount of loan my daughter got was means tested based on our household income, she got the minimum, we had to make up the rest. Universities also has means tested schemes, which offer small amounts of additional support to students.

By Local Interest

Why do you think they are applying for permission loanstar? Oh yeah it’s cos students are excluded from living there

By Strange

These buildings look very very good……well done Downing and all. Students right next door to the .MMU campus…….a no brainer surely?

By Keep going

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