Manchester Life lodges 118-home Eliza Yard plan

The eight-storey apartment block on the corner of Poland Street and Jersey Street forms part of the ongoing regeneration of Ancoats in Manchester. 

The 118-home Eliza Yard is to be delivered by investor and developer Manchester Life, a joint venture between the city council and Manchester City FC owner and investor, Abu Dhabi United Group. 

Buttress Architects designed the scheme and Deloitte Real Estate is the planning consultant. A planning application for the project has been submitted to Manchester City Council. 

As well as a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom flats, the development also features 5,800 sq ft of commercial space and a residents’ garden. 

Eliza Yard was one of four projects in and around Ancoats and New Islington to be unveiled last month. The others were: 

– Downley Drive, Great Places’ 68-home development on the corner of St Vincent Street and Woodward Place, close to the Rochdale Canal 

– Ancoats Mobility Hub, an emerging concept of a shared car and cycle parking facility for residents and visitors, located on land between Poland Street and Ancoats Green

– Ancoats Dispensary, Great Places’ redevelopment of the grade two-listed building on Old Mill Street into 39 one- and two-bedroom apartments for affordable rent. 

A planning application for the dispensary scheme was lodged with Manchester City Council earlier this month. 

Eliza Yard is to be located next to City Court Trading Estate, which HBD bought from Urban Splash for £5.8m earlier this month, as revealed by Place North West. 

City Court Trading Estate has scope to be redeveloped into a 217-home residential scheme. 

The project team for Eliza Yard includes Planit-IE as the landscape architect, Buro Happold as the M&E consultant, Curtins as the structural engineer, project manager Mace, and transport consultant Hydrock. 

Turner & Townsend is the cost consultant, Sandy Brown is the acoustic consultant, the fire engineering consultant is Hoare Lea, and Counter Context is leading on consultation and engagement. 

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I remember when “Mobility Hubs” were called “car parks with a bit of cycle storage”

By Nostalgia

Boring design with no merit.

A shame as this is a £400/ft2 area and could be made much better.

By Observer

Disappointing to see the lack of public realm being proposed by Manchester Life. Ancoats is drowning in a sea of tarmac.

By Anonymous

I just don’t understand the comments. Either people don’t read the plans properly, or they’re determined to be upset? This is part of a master plan to expand and create active frontage to Ancoats green, increasing green space. Ancoats will always be a high density area, it’s a part of the city.

The mobility hub is much more than a car park. Go and read about it.


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