The scheme has been in the works since 2018. Credit: via planning documents

Logik brings McAlpine on board to kickstart Manchester BTR 

A scheme off Arundel Street that has been in the works for more than five years could finally have lift-off following the formation of a joint venture, however, the main construction phase of the 355-apartment project may not begin until 2025. 

Logik Developments has entered into a partnership with Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures to deliver the Manchester build-to-rent scheme, according to planning documents. 

The scheme would be SRMCV’s third BTR development in Greater Manchester. The company was also involved in the delivery of Grainger’s Filaments, and Swan Street in the Northern Quarter, which is currently under construction. 

The Arundel Street JV has applied to the city council for permission to extend the timescales for appointing a main contractor. The previous deadline was this month but Logik wants to extend it to December 2024.  

Between now and then, the JV will look at incorporating a second staircase into the scheme, in line with proposed changes to fire safety regulations. 

A phasing plan for the project indicates site clearance work could begin in the new year and that the 154-week main construction phase will not start until January 2025. The project is estimated to reach practical completion in December 2027. 

The JV plans to enter into a pre-construction services agreement with John Sisk. 

The background 

Following the refusal of plans for a 35-storey tower comprising 384 apartments, in 2018 on heritage grounds, planning permission for a scaled-back development was granted in 2019.  

Logik was previously bringing forward the SimpsonHaugh-deisgned project with High Street Group but the companies parted ways amid the latter’s collapse. 

Last year, Logik sought to amend the design of the scheme following a change in thinking around how to utilise the former Dot Motorcycle Works on Ellesmere Street.  

The building, which is to be retained under the proposals, had previously been earmarked for conversion into 12 apartments.  

However, under the updated designs, it will now be used as commercial space. The dozen apartments were moved over to the reconfigured new-build tower.  

SRMCV and Logik were contacted for comment. 

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Glad that something’s finally happening with this development but it just looks a bit bland, no different to any other tower in Manchester.

By Mike

@Mike I’m curious as to what other tower in Manchester this looks like. No other development has this kind of cladding that’s for sure.

By Andrew

SRM are going to use SISK……..? Whats are the very short odds of this not actually happening and a lot of finger pointing in 12 months time when the market hasn’t improved to allow this scheme to be funded!

By DW

Far too tall, will ruin the area

By Dan

This is SimpsonHaugh’s city and we’re just visitors..

By Anonymous

Don’t blame Simpson Haugh. If you want to blame anyone blame those who employ them

By Realist

I think we can all agree that SHP no longer put any thought into the design process for projects in Manchester. Sad thing is they can actually produce some nice looking buildings. They are just everywhere other than Manchester.

That said, the previous glass tower proposed was far more aesthetically pleasing and elegant than this dumpy mess (not by a huge margin, see above paragraph). Admittedly it looked like a rehashed love child of their Elizabeth Tower scheme and the Unite Student tower on Oxford road but compared to this, there’s no comparison. This is what happens when NIMBY’s and every other tom, dick and harry tries to influence the design, scale, location etc. You end up with this rubbish. SHP’s towers are devoid of design but at least they are ambitious. The new scheme is just a compromise of a compromise of a compromise.

By Anonymous

What’s going to happen to the gym? Will it be incorporated into the proposals somehow?

By Anonymous

The fault for this lumpen edifice can be put squarely at the door of the ‘Castelfield Forum’ who objected to the original, far more elegant proposal and insisted on the current hodge-podge mess that we ended up with.

By Anonymous

should be same colour as the church it stands out to much also looks like a block of council flats from the 80s

By Jimmy

I suppose if you live in most regional cities, you would get excited about this but Manchester needs to up its game from bland, boring buildings, that look like this, now.

By Elephant

welcome to Simpson Haugh Blandchester

By Michael

Jimmy – at least blocks of flats from the 80s had balconies!

By Anonymous

looks out of place. not impressed

By Levelling Up Manager

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