The scheme features new-build and refurbished elements. Credit: via consultation documents

McLaren plots Manchester student scheme 

Designed by SimpsonHaugh, the project would see the creation of 318 student bedrooms on the site of St Gabriel’s Lodge off Oxford Road. 

McLaren Property has launched a consultation on its proposals, which feature a mix of studios and cluster apartments delivered across refurbished and new-build elements. 

The derelict modern extension to St Gabriel’s Lodge will be demolished, as will St David’s Church Hall, making way for a pair of four-storey blocks that bookend the site. 

Woodthorpe Hall and the original St Gabriel’s Lodge and church would be retained and redeveloped. 

None of the buildings on the Oxford Place plot are listed. The site was previously used as female-only accommodation for students at the University of Manchester. 

The project team for McLaren’s St Gabriel’s development includes Avison Young as planning consultant, Re-Form Landscape Architecture, and Arcadis. 

The scheme would be constructed close to Bruntwood SciTech’s proposed 125,000 sq ft CityLabs 4.0. 

On nearby Upper Brook Street, McLaren is drawing up a masterplan with Logik Developments for a major mixed-use scheme, which could feature a 600-bed student development. 

The new-build elements will bookend the retained buildings. Credit: via consultation documents

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Looks great – just need to get those other derelict mansion houses sorted out now that are further down Oxford Place!

By Graham R

Certainly a beautiful looking development which will enhance the area. It is respecting the heritage aspect of Victoria Park and at the same time providing attractive accommodation in keeping with the present day need of students. Certainly a better option than leaving the site derelict

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