Jon Matthews Architects designed the scheme. Credit: via Philosophy PR

McGoff starts £50m Manchester BTR 

Having acquired the Rochdale Road site last year, construction of the 237-home scheme is underway and due to complete in late 2025. 

Known as Downtown Victoria North, McGoff’s £50m build-to-rent development will provide a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments on a former gasworks site close to the Marble Arch pub.   

In addition, the development will feature a gym, underground parking for 29 cars, and a resident lounge. 

Designed by Jon Matthews Architects, the Rochdale Road development will feature two blocks of 13 and 11 storeys. 

Brendan Caloe, head of special projects division within McGoff Construction, said: “It’s great to be back building in the city centre. 

“Just a short walk to Ancoats, the Northern Quarter, Victoria Train Station and the main shopping district, the development will provide exceptionally well-designed, high-quality apartments for Manchester’s buoyant rental market.” 

The Rochdale Road scheme was originally brought forward by developer Mulbury. The firm won planning permission for the project but ended its interest in the site last year. 

This is not McGoff’s first foray into BTR. In May 2020 The group completed Downtown, its £85m 374-apartment development on the banks of the River Irwell in Salford. 

Downtown Asset Management, part of the Altrincham-based McGoff Group, will retain ownership of the asset and manage lettings.

Insurance for McGoff’s Rochdale Road project is being provided by J3 Advisory.

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A bland-looking scheme. Hoping Manchester moves away from this sort of thing in future, we have many better architects nowadays to make it happen

By Anonymous

Pity they can’t focus some of their attention on the flailing Market Hall proposal in Urmston. The proposed site remains an eyesore in the community.

By Anonymous

High quality? It looks seriously bland and lacks any architectural merit. Most people want these sites developed but not when the end result looks like a 1960s local authority scheme.

By Heritage Action

Boring, bland. Uninspiring. Even the giant birds flying above aren’t interested.

Are Manchester Council not yet fed up of copy and paste architects?

By Construction Geek

Looks like a prison. Bland scheme indeed. We need better architects.

By John

Downtown Ordsall lane is not a BTR scheme, it’s a fractional sale scheme. The two models are completely different.

By John

Downtown Victoria North? What next?

By Elephant

29 parking spaces for 237 flats isn’t much! The land is already used as a car park by local residents, so where are they all going to go, as well as new residents? Further up Rochdale Road?

By Parking Space Rentals

Residents will find spaces to rent, good news for the car park owners

By Gilly

a modernist twist on the heartland that once gave rise to the industrial revolution. Moving with the times and a great use of a tired and run down brownfield site

By Danger Mouse

more boring buildings, come on Manchester, if it’s not a shiny tower you don’t seem interested

By Salford Red

Should be built up to a quality not down to a price, so much in modernism needs to be improved.

By Anonymous

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