Application due for first phase of £150m Kampus

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Henry Boot Developments and Capital & Centric are targeting an April submission date for a planning application for 540 flats, within the 2.3-acre Kampus redevelopment in Aytoun Street, Manchester.

The homes will be for the private rented sector, and are being delivered across three blocks; two new-build and one an extension of the 1960s tower currently on the site.

According to plans put on show at a consultation event, the buildings will be staggered in height at between 12 and 16-storeys, and include a roof village made up of Dutch townhouses. There will also be 80 car parking spaces.

The 2.3-acre plot, which formerly belonged to Manchester Metropolitan University, currently has 250,000 sq ft of vacant space across seven university buildings.

A joint venture between Henry Boot and Capital & Centric acquired the site in 2014, and is understood to have secured backing from US fund Ares Investment Management to finance the scheme.

The library will be demolished to make way for one of the residential blocks.

An application is due to be submitted by the summer for the listed Minshull and Minto & Turner warehouses, for use by leisure occupiers. When complete, Kampus will include 42,500 sq ft of leisure units.

The final scheme is expected to total 500,000 sq ft.

The architects are Mecanoo and shedkm, while Deloitte is advising on planning. Zerum is the project manager.

Speaking to Place North West at the consultation, Adam Brady, development director at Henry Boot, said that the joint venture estimates a March 2017 start on site subject to planning, then 12 months later will begin a phased release of the apartments to the PRS market.

He said that Henry Boot and Capital & Centric would retain the ownership of the site in the long term.

Brady said: “We’ve been working hard on our plans for Kampus for over two years and it was amazing to get such positive feedback from people who live in the village and the wider community. It was really useful to get some great ideas from people who live nearby and who’ll hopefully be embracing Kampus as part of their neighbourhood.”


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This will really help animate the area adjacent to Piccadilly. The proposal for the triangular shaped Car Park on Aytoun Street and London Road Fire Station should give this area a boost! Urbanitymcr

By Urbanitymcr

What’s the proposal for the triangular plot urbanity? Will we see it soon?

By Mayden

I want to live in one of those Dutch houses on the roof, wacky and very Capital & Centric!

By Amiexdx

This will hopefully reinvigorate the Village,which used to be the quirkiest place in Manchester and is now a hellhole.Kampus is a good play on words,both as a reference to the Village and the educational facilities in that area.

By Elephant

Hahaha Kamp-Us… never made that connection, not sure it was intentional! Looks like a good development on a key site linking Piccadilly with the city centre.

By Gregg

I wouldn’t agree that the village is a hell hole. It’s still very popular with the gay community.

By V

As a gay person who has lived in the village 12 years I can agree with the village being a hell hole now compared to how it used to be, its really rough and scruffy these days.

By Village resident

The reason it went downhill is that most of the bars are awful and purposely attract a certain clientele whether they be gay or straight. Better bars / restaurants would attract better people quite frankly..Walk through the NQ on an afternoon and there are people families dining and civilised groups of people having a sensible drink. The Village on the other hand is offering drinks at a pound a go and the people there are already well away by the early evening.

By Resort

The village is horrible these days.Terrible crowd in general and more like the set of Jeremy Kyle than a Gay area.In 2000 it reminded me of New Orleans.Now it looks like New Brighton.Ruined by Hen parties from Barnsley.

By Elephant

Sad to see the MBLA (now Buttress) architects curved library building go. A minor modern classic that sat incredibly comfortably amongst the grand red brick architecture of Whitworth Street.

I hope Mecannoo do the site justice.

By Triste

The village is past it.It needs a facelift and to return to it’s Gay roots.

By Elephant

It’s still gay, in fact a lot of gay people don’t like it because of how gay it is. Not every gay person wants a drag show, Kylie songs and alcopops.

By Father John

Father John.You are indeed correct,but at one time it seemed to be developing into a proper community with shops,restaurants and houses.It looks like the backend of Blackpool now,tacky,dirty and full of straight women,which then means straight men.Enough said.

By Elephant

Nothing like a little passive hetrophobia to pass the day

By OooGetHer

Don’t mind what they do behind closed doors.

By Elephant

New Brighton is actually quite pleasant these days Elephant and it’s getting better. There’s always been a significant gay population in New Brighton too (well for Wirral) from the early days of gay discos on the Fort Perch Rock. It’s Liverpool that’s full of hen parties but it’s big enough. Don’t you think ‘gay quarters’ need to reinvent themselves generally? With the mainstreaming of everything, (and the internet), I suspect gay quarters will need to merge with ‘the Bohemian’ if they’re to become attractive places. Perhaps we should be aiming for the archetypal Left Bank that attracts people who think differently.

By Gwydion

Gwydion.The village was Bohemian before it became Hen party hell.It is no longer a safe Gay space.People are verbally and physically abused there on a regular basis.This is down to the nasty clientele it now attracts.The Northern Quarter is much nicer.

By Elephant

Is there anything this “Elephant” doesn’t have an opinion on? … Anyway any problems in the village stem from the ownership of larger venues by remote Pubcos who frankly don’t care about the clientele as long as they make money. The smaller, quirkier venues of Richmond Street and top of Canal Street, which are of no interest to Pubcos continue to thrive.

By Keyboard Warrior

Keyboard warrior.You still need to walk down the same streets to get to those so called ‘better venues’ or do you have a secret tunnel from your house?

By Elephant

The village has a LOT of gay only bars, far more than anywhere else outside of London. Does Manchester really need any more or indeed a gay only area?

By Bloned

Bloned.Manchester does not need a Gay only area.However,it does need a place where Gaymen,Lesbians and Transgendered people can feel safe and this is not the Village of today.There have been violent assaults on LGT people on Canal Street recently.This is tantamount to Anti-Semitism in a Synagogue. The Gay community turned a boarded up rundown part of Manchester into one of the must see placed in the city and it brings a lot of money into Manchester.Why should people feel vulnerable in a place for their enjoyment?

By Elephant

Elephant – I have a secret tunnel. Any other fascinating thoughts or insights?

To drag things back to subject, the Dutch houses look awesome, a really quirky feature. I wonder how they are going to be grafted onto what appears to be fairly conventional blocks. Good to see Meccannoo allowed to let their creative juices free a bit, not many developers take risks these days.

By Keyboard Warrior

Well let us hope it is a success
Little David street is crying out for an open market.

By Elephant

They are flying the dutch houses in from dutchland and are going to be helicoptered into place. Will make sure I am in Manchester to see that happen.

By GeordieCruyf

I know it was Bohemian before Elephant, the restaurants were a wonderful space for gay people and friends, nothing like it in the north, but I think it might have gone too far towards the hen nights now. Gay people have changed their lifestyles – it all began because everything had be so clandestine, and then of course people meet through social networking sites. You’re right about the better vibe in the Northern Quarter…. a quandary; how do you bring the vibe of one to the other?…. not by having too many pack ’em in drinking venues…. maybe there’s a role for the Council in encouraging different uses and in refusing too many applications for bars and very late licences?

By Gwydion

The Gay Village has always been rough and ready. I once sparked some p**** out with a right-hander there in October 1995. Got 150 hours community service and worked it off over 19 consecutive Sundays in a row painting fences and landscaping public wasteland. Had some good laughs with the lads on there with some good lads. One who went on to become a well-known TV celebrity chef. The pretence that the GV was once a cool / quirky / bohemian / edgy community is a bit of a nonsense, really. It’s always been a bit scrat.

By John Holt (Wigan)

Gay people have changed since as John Holt said,it had become less clandestine. People don’t care about each other the same as they did and there is less unity.In the past Gaymen and Lesbians rarely mixed and there were only token straights,mainly women in Gay pubs.This Hen party craze is unacceptable greed by the owners of these bars.Sometimes these people turn nasty when they are tanked up and they go for an easy target and there are many easy targets in the Village.

By Elephant

Sorry I was referring to Gwydion’s comment.

By Elephant

I was going to write – Best PRS Development in Manchester and possibly UK that is planned but after reading the thread below, I will highlight that this is the best Comment thread I have ever see on a PNW post! Well done Manchester. The Village is always going to be a part of Manchester but does need some rejuvenating which will come with the development happening in the area. I think the bar and restuarant owners are under tremendous pressure to compete too which hasn’t helped. Lets hope the Village finds its feet once again sooner rather than later and I expect a decent, warm, dry summer to help immensley.

By Michael Howard