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The Charles Street project will be determined after a site visit. Credit: Our Studio

Jadebricks’ 15-storey Manchester PBSA up for determination 

The city council has recommended the 107-bed Charles Street scheme for approval, the latest in a wave of student developments in the city.

Designed by SimpsonHaugh Architects, the project would see a long-vacant site on Charles Street transformed into purpose-built student accommodation.

Jadebricks submitted its proposals to Manchester City Council for consideration in December after consulting on the 15-storey development earlier in the year.

The project, which boasts a green terracotta facade, would be built on the surface car park between the recently completed Maldron Hotel and Bracken House. It would provide an injection of beds into Manchester’s PBSA pipeline.

A city council report on the project said: “The proposal would develop an underused poor quality brownfield site. The high-quality architecture and materials would make a positive contribution to the street scene and it would achieve a high level of sustainability and reduce CO2 emissions.”

As well as providing student beds, a planning statement by Turley that accompanies the application said that the scheme would “support the wider housing market in the city by reducing reliance upon the general private rented sector”.

To learn more about the scheme, search for reference number 138808/FO/2023 on Manchester City Council’s planning portal.

Jadebricks’ scheme is the latest in a growing list of purpose-built student accommodation proposals to come forward in recent months.

A new entrant to the Manchester property scene, Manner, recently submitted plans for a 500-bed scheme on the long-derelict Hotspur Press site, while Downing has decided to deliver an element of PBSA at its First Street cluster, which was previously solely co-living.

A £400m redevelopment of the University of Manchester’s Owens Park Campus has approval, too.

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Curious how a confident, open-minded city like Manchester accepts and caters for its student population, but down the road here in Liverpool students get reviled by many, and any student accommodation gets treated negatively as if a new nuclear power station was being built in the neighbourhood.
Students should be valued in the locality, they bring vitality to an area and their spending power in shops, bars, and other outlets is significant.

By Anonymous

Not very tall this one. Was hoping for at least 30 storeys

By Giant Skyscraper Fan

PaintPots crèche is in the ground floor of Bracken House which is right beside this car park. It’s one of the very few crèches available to working parents in the centre of town. The toddlers play in their outdoor play area which is right beside the car park. How will they be protected from the dust and noise during construction?

By Anonymous

I missed you GSF

By Giant Skyscraper Fan Fan

Thank you for your kind comment GSF Fan. I will continue to highlight locations like this where the highest density is required

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