Kampus event space set for summer launch

A new image from Capital & Centric and Henry Boot Developments has revealed plans for The Bungalow, a pop-up events and community space which will sit at the centre of the £250m Kampus neighbourhood.

The Bungalow, built within a disused security cabin, will be the first part of Kampus to open to the public this summer with a programme of events.

The salvaged brick and concrete box sits on stilts next to the Rochdale canal and will feature planting, a green roof and mural. Being billed as Kampus’s version of the village hall, the building will be a space for residents and locals to meet.

Adam Brady, Henry Boot Developments, said: “Manchester’s a city full of character and quirks and Kampus will reflect that. It’s the unusual stuff – the stuff that other people would have just pulled down – that gives Kampus its identity and will make it an exciting place for people to explore. We’re not trying to dictate how the place evolves, it’ll be defined by the curious stuff that we keep, by the people that call it home, and by the community in which it sits.

“One week the Bungalow could be a pop-up bar, the next it could be an art exhibition, with a mix of yoga classes and music events in between. We see it having a life of its own, with something different every week, so if you’ve got a great idea get in touch.”

Kampus, currently under construction at Aytoun Street, will transform the former Manchester Metropolitan University site into a new neighbourhood with 533 apartments, two gardens, independent bars, restaurants and shops. The scheme was designed by Mecanoo, with Chapman Taylor progressing with the project as delivery architect, and Exterior Architecture is the landscape architect.

Contractor Mount Anvil has been on site for over two years, with the project currently on track to complete in 2020.

Locals are being asked to submit their ideas for the Bungalow by emailing info@kampus-mcr.co.uk

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This is probably the best new development in Manchester. Genuinely excited for it to launch!

By Acelius

Yes I agree, a previously dead part of the city will be brought to life here with the gardens and the whole approach by the developers of Kampus. Also a big fan of Manchester New Square, I think it looks a lot better in the flesh than I’d appreciated originally. If the fire station moves forward too then this area will be absolutely transformed.

By Derek

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