A joint venture between Capital & Centric and Kamani Property Group has lodged plans to redevelop a derelict site on Manchester’s Swan Street into a nine-storey block with 120 apartments.
The £37m scheme has been designed by architect Hawkins\Brown and would sit opposite the Mackie Mayor food hall in the city’s New Cross district. The block would contain a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom flats together with ground floor workspaces and a café-bar or deli.
There would also be communal and private roof terraces, intended to maximise outdoor space. The front exterior of the building would feature a 270-metre art canvas – one of the largest in the city – showcasing the work of local and international artists.
The joint venture submitted the planning application to Manchester City Council following a public consultation that concluded on 7 January.
Manchester-based developer Capital & Centric, and local landowner and investor Kamani Property, teamed up to acquire the site from Swan Street Developments at the beginning of last year.
The plot is currently occupied by a former MOT garage and a storage facility, both of which would be knocked down if the scheme wins consent. During the first lockdown, Capital & Centric opened a temporary Covid supplies depot at the site, from where £500,000 of supplies were donated to local charities.
Once restrictions are eased, the site is to house Ramona, a pop-up pizzeria and bakery, margarita bar, beer garden, coffee counter and stage operated by the team behind Manchester venues Trof, Gorilla and the Albert Hall.
Avison Young is the planning consultant for the Swan Street scheme.
Tim Heatley, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “New Cross used to be a thriving location in the 18th and 19th centuries and is due to have its day again. The area is already attracting indie businesses and the same is going to happen with residents wanting to be part of the growing neighbourhood.
“As you’d probably expect from us, we’ve gone for a bold design with a huge art canvas on the building. We want people to stop and look and for it to become a talking point. Architecture should be interesting and draw people in – we’re not interested in building a bland boring building!”
Adam Kamani, chief executive of Kamani Property, added: “Manchester runs through our veins and we’re proud to be part of the New Cross district’s resurgence.
“The city centre has been through a tough and unprecedented year but we’re looking forward to the comeback and recovery and our business is keen to play our part in helping Manchester to thrive again.
“The submission of our plans with Capital & Centric to breathe new life into an under-loved part of the city with boundless potential is a great way to kick off 2021.”
The New Cross development zone is bound by Swan Street, Oldham Road, Rochdale Road, and Livesey Street. Manchester City Council in 2015 approved a Neighbourhood Development Framework to guide development in the area.
Tom Dobson, associate director at Hawkins\Brown, said: “Swan Street is a fantastic opportunity to provide a new landmark destination with a layered architectural response, designed to offer a mixed-use scheme of high-quality homes activated at ground level by commercial premises and enhanced public realm.”
The project team expects a decision on the planning application in the spring.