The 50:50 joint venture between developers Capital & Centric and Kamani Property Group has launched a consultation on plans to redevelop a vacant site within Manchester’s New Cross district into a nine-storey block comprising 120 apartments.
Designed by architect Hawkins\Brown and located opposite the Mackie Mayor food hall, the £37m development would feature a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom flats.
In addition, the partnership proposes a shared roof terrace as well as private roof terraces for residents.
The ground floor units would be given over to workspaces and other uses such as a café-bar or deli, while a large art canvas on the front of the building would be “one of the largest in the city”, according to the developers.
In an Instagram post in January, when the joint venture acquired the 14,000 sq ft site from Swan Street Developments, Kamani Property’s chief executive Adam Kamani revealed that the scheme would be “either a 115-apartment block or a 200-bed hotel”.
The plot is occupied by a former MOT garage and a storage facility and both of the existing buildings are to be knocked down as part of the proposed residential development.
However, prior to any demolition work, the vacant units are to be occupied by Romana, a temporary pizzeria and bakery run by bar and restaurant operator Mission Mars.
Tim Heatley, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “As always, we want to push boundaries with the design and create something bold; we’ve got a striking roof terrace on top and what could be Manchester’s biggest art canvas on the front.
“This part of Manchester is known for its awesome street murals and we’ll be showcasing work from local and international artists, creating another reason for people to visit the area.”
Kamani said: “We’re eager to get moving with this exciting project and bring further regeneration to this area of Manchester.
“To be able to renovate this derelict site in collaboration with Capital & Centric, will provide a further boost to the revival of the neighbourhood.”
Avison Young is the planning consultant and the consultation on the project runs until 8 January.