Developer Alumno has submitted plans for a 97-bed capacity student accommodation scheme on the site of the Church Inn, Cambridge Street to Manchester City Council.
The project includes the demolition of existing structures on site, to be replaced by a 12-storey development with rooftop garden including allotment space. Pre-application discussions have taken place with the council and Manchester Metropolitan University.
The site sits two blocks south of the Mancunian Way between the Grosvenor Square/All Saints campus area and Hulme. The pub has been vacant since March 2016.
Alumno specialises in student accommodation and has delivered 6,000 units since its 2006 formation. Carson & Co was set up in 2011, has offices in Glasgow and London and has worked with Alumno before, including schemes in Aberdeen and Norwich.
The developer’s team describe the project as seeking “to create a building which has an elegance and slenderness” with an “honest expression of the building’s interior programme, creates a building which is communicative and visually readable”.
The Cambridge Street streetscape as it stands is by common consent a bland environment, with virtually nothing in the way of ground floor animation, and the proposals do look to add something different to the mix. Carson has worked lcosely with interiors architect Ben Kelly Design on the scheme’s appearance.
The building base is intended to reference a table forming a goalpost open to the street. Above are placed two blades – one forming the accommodation wing facing south and the other a combination of the main vertical and horizontal circulation and studio accommodation.
This second blade to the north is topped by a common room with shared kitchen and dining space opening out onto a student allotment roof terrace. There are 25 studios, while 72 bedspaces are accounted for in two-bedroom dwellings.
The professional team also includes structural engineer Conisbee, services engineer Cundall, heritage advisor Stephen Levrant and GL Hearn as planner.