Clarion is one of the housing providers currently active in Manchester. Credit: via planning documents

Latimer and Capital&Centric eye Manchester resi success 

Plans for a 461-home scheme on part of the former Boddington’s brewery, as well as Ferrous – the latest project in the emerging Piccadilly East neighbourhood – are set to be given planning consent. 

Manchester City Council’s planning committee, which meets on 17 March, is also due to approve Renaker’s 1,000-home Great Jackson Street proposals. A pair of 51-storey skyscrapers is the latest offering from the prolific Manchester developer.

Read more about Renaker’s £370m project 

Great Ducie Street 

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Assael Architecture designed the scheme. Credit: via planning documents

Developer: Latimer, the development arm of Clarion Housing Association 

Architect: Assael Architecture 

Planner: Deloitte  

Latimer’s £127m scheme will see the construction of two blocks, one reaching 27 storeys and the other topping out at 11 storeys.  

The developer has pledged that the project will feature 60% affordable provision through a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom properties.   

Under plans lodged in December, Latimer put forward proposals for 5% affordable provision but insisted it was “firmly committed” to upping this to 60% in the long run. 

“The remaining 55%…will be delivered with the support of grant funding from Clarion’s partnership with Homes England,” the company said. 

The 1.24-acre plot fronts Great Ducie Street and is currently used as a surface car park.   

The land, part of a wider seven-acre plot, was deemed surplus to requirements by Manchester College operator LTE Group, which is developing a new £93m city centre digital and creative campus next door.   

Latimer bought the site from LTE in June and outlined plans to redevelop it into apartments with the ambition of designating more than half of the apartments as affordable. 


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BDP is the architect for the scheme. Credit: via Font Comms

Developer: Capital&Centric 

Architect: BDP 

Planner: Zerum 

A 15-storey block featuring 107 apartments is the developer’s latest project within Manchester’s burgeoning Piccadilly East district.  

Having lodged a planning application for the £28m Ferrous on Chapeltown Street last year, Capital&Centric’s scheme is now in line to be approved by Manchester City Council next week.  

The project, designed by BDP, will feature a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments, plus four flats with three bedrooms.  

Two retail units totalling 2,000 sq ft, and a multi-use events pavilion called The Cabin are also included in the plans.  

Capital&Centric bought the site from Transport for Greater Manchester in February 2020. The project team includes Zerum as the planning consultant, Re:form as landscape architect, and Chroma as project manager. 

Ferrous is the developer’s fourth project at Piccadilly East, alongside Crusader Mill, Phoenix and the Leonardo Hotel.  

Phoenix is complete, Crusader Mill is nearing completion after several delays, and the hotel is due to wrap up next year.  

Other projects coming forward within Piccadilly East are:  

  • The Castings – a 352-apartment tower being funded by CDL Hospitality Trusts  
  • Victoria House- a 177-apartment scheme being delivered in joint venture by Salboy and Forshaw Land and Property  
  • Fairfax – 488 apartments from Olympian Homes 
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The project is C&C’s fourth in Piccadilly East. Credit: via Font Comms

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Manchester is maturing. The seams are busting from the City Centre. Long may the expansion into Strangeways continue, with the new Manchester College Campus, Rock Over Climing, Hidden, White Hotel, The Yard, these new apartments etc.

By Grow

Both schemes are really uninspiring but typically of the low grade architecture Manchester seems hellbent on delivering.

By 1981

How would you know 1981? You have to live here to have a mature view of what’s happening across the city. Just throwing out random insults at things you don’t like just doesn’t cut it.

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