Mount Anvil selected for Kampus

Joint venture partners, Henry Boot Developments and Capital & Centric have appointed specialist London residential contractor Mount Anvil on its £250m Kampus scheme on Aytoun Street, Piccadilly in Manchester.

Erection of hoardings, stripping out and demolition of some of the disused buildings started on site this week.

Planning permission was granted last September for the first phase of 478 rental apartments, 30,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space on the ground and mezzanine floors beneath two 12-16 storey new buildings. The existing 1960s Aytoun Tower and timber townhouses will be retained.

Adam Higgins of Capital & Centric commented: “It’s important to us to retain what buildings we can no matter what era they are from. We are obviously keeping the two listed mills but we also plan to incorporate the big 1960s tower. It may appear quite ugly and run down at the moment but bringing this back to life has always been an important part of the vision for Kampus. The tower has some amazing features that we will retain including concrete waffle ceilings, 1960s stairs, signage graphics and doors. There will be nothing else like this in Manchester.”

Demolition is expected to be complete by the end of this summer with phase one due to be ready for occupation by 2020.

Kampus dusk

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Good news…definitely one of the more exciting projects happening in the city centre.

By David

It looks great but I wouldn’t want to live in amongst loads restaurants and cafe bars…

By Jon Diams

That old mill in the top photograph is a cracker isn’t it. Love the arches onto what I think must be Chorlton Street. Good to see something happening there.

By Simon

Really looking forward to this one. Hopefully it will give the village a boost too.

By .

Always loved the courts on Aytoun street.Reminds me of Trumpton,from my childhood.

By Elephant

Kampus is the most exciting new thing happening in the city. So many dull flats being proposed so it’s good to see something with sole being built. Think some of the flats on the Granada Studios site look quite interesting too but too far from the station for me personally. Don’t like St.Michaels! I’ll be queuing up for Kampus when it’s released, they’ve nailed it, it’s even going to have a garden! Ps Elephant, yes the courts are incredible. One of my favourite older buildings in Manchester.

By Andy

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