Developer Elmloch has submitted a planning application for the Hotspur Press site, designed by Hodder + Partners, outlining the proposals for a façade retention and construction of a 28-storey tower.
Elmloch, a joint venture between MCR Property Group and Blue Dog Property, has been exploring regeneration plans for the Gloucester Street site since MCR acquired the plot in 2015.
The largest building is the 56,000 sq ft Hotspur Press warehouse, built in 1801, alongside an 1880s element. As part of Hodder’s designs, the warehouse would be partially demolished, leaving the curved façade of the 1880s warehouse, with a 28-storey tower to be built behind to house 171 apartments.
The tower will include one and two-bed apartments alongside four commercial units at ground floor level for retail or restaurants.
A public square is proposed to open up access from Gloucester Street through to First Street as well as providing space along the River Medlock. There are proposals to retain the arches facing Gloucester Street between the existing railway arch and the Press’ façade.
Advising on the development is planning consultant Deloitte, alongside Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture and Exterior Architecture.
Nick Lake, fund manager on behalf of Elmloch, said: “Both public consultations allowed us to engage the community fully and ensure they had a say in the redevelopment of this highly significant site. We feel our plans capture the heart of the original Hotspur Press buildings, while introducing a stunning new addition to Manchester’s skyline.”
Hotspur Press, a Victorian landmark, was originally a cotton warehouse named Medlock Mill, and sits behind Oxford Road station.
Stephen Hodder said: “This is a compelling development and our proposals seek to retain the most valuable elements of the building. Hotspur Press is more than simply the building: the site is an important gateway from the south along Cambridge Street and from First Street to the city.
“It is an equally important visual moment along Whitworth Street West, so our plans also include a new urban landmark in response to the site’s significance.”
Subject to planning consent, the scheme could start on site next summer. A main contractor is yet to be appointed.