The first phase of the development was completed in December. Credit: via Tiger Bond

£70m MediaCity project set for February completion

Contractor Bowmer & Kirkland is set to hand over the second and final residential block in Latimer’s High Definition scheme this February.

Latimer is the development arm of Clarion Housing Group. Glenbrook is delivering the scheme on Latimer’s behalf.

Situated off White in MediaCity, the 125-flat Aria will be the second phase of High Definition. When Aria is complete, High Definition will comprise 280 apartments in total. The project will be made up of 132 one-bedroom, 136 two-bedroom and 12 three-bedroom apartments.

Of the 280 apartments at High Definition, 100 will be available through Latimer’s shared ownership offering, which could help to address Manchester’s affordable homes shortage. For those available for private sale, residents can get a one-bedroom apartment from £203,000, while two-bedrooms start at £286,000 and three-bedrooms at £430,000.

Work on the first phase, Alto, was completed in December. That block contains 155 apartments, with its first residents moving in last month. Paul Walker, national sales director at Clarion Housing Group, said: “It’s fantastic to reach another key moment in the life of our exciting High Definition development as we see the first residents make it their home.

“Straight away, they will be able to get the full High Definition experience, with access to the luxurious residents’ lounge and high spec co-working spaces, which will make the development feel more than just a home, but a vibrant community.”

Designed by Sheppard Robson, the 231,000 sq ft High Definition will range from 14-17 storeys with an interior inspired by the Netflix show The Queen’s Gambit.

The eight-acre site offers residents coworking spaces complete with private meeting pods and a communal lounge to its residents.

A total of 25 car parking spaces have been proposed.

The £70m proposal received planning permission in February 2020. The application’s reference number with Salford Council is 19/74447/FUL.

Bowmer & Kirkland topped out the project in September 2021.

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Apartments for sale with no balconies. You could make a weak case for excluding them on a PRS block which functions as glorified student rental housing but for homes for sale which in theory should be for people to live in long term, it’s completely unacceptable to exclude such a basic amenity. Virtually all affordable housing blocks in London include balconies so why not here?

By Balcony watch

Balcony Watch – just a thought – while balconies play an important part for some time of the year, the benefit of having decent communal spaces where people can escape their apartment and actually meet people and socialise shouldn’t be discounted, I know id prefer this than a scheme with a balcony but no communal space. Media City also enjoys lots of public spaces that can be used by residents.

By Alternative Op

Nice little scheme, great location and looks very clean, however I hope no-one is buying for the views, with the £140m 11-storey building about to be built right in front of it.

By David Johnson

Saw this in person last week, looks great, cracking addition to Media City.

By Brian

This is a travesty. Residents don’t want to be trapped in a box they want balconies

By Balcony warrior

I suppose Balcony worrier the market will decide and if they don’t they won’t buy them. Lots of open spaces around the Quays , I suspect they’ll be quite happy using that.

By Anonymous

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