Clarence Road Resi
The building has been vacant since 2018

Approval for £8m Longsight job centre conversion 

Dan Whelan

Manchester-based build-to-rent developer Placefirst has been granted permission to convert the former 32,000 sq ft job centre on Clarence Road into 53 apartments.

The three-storey building was previously occupied by the Department of Work & Pensions before closing in August 2018. 

The £8m conversion, signed off by Manchester City Council, was designed by Altrincham-based Project 3 Architects and work to create a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments will begin next year. 

A rooftop extension will also be created to house eight of the residential units.   

David Mawson, chief executive of Placefirst, said: “Being a Manchester-based developer, the regeneration of this site in Longsight is very important to us.  

“Being able to transform this former job centre into a thriving residential community will be hugely satisfying and will no doubt have a positive knock-on effect to the local area.”  

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Excellent news. Great for the area. Be interesting to see who they aim it at, being rent only?

By Jimmy Mc

The demand in the area for both rent and purchase is absolutely phenomenal, I wish I had bought land there 20 years ago.

By Tom