Capital & Centric Swan Street
HawkinsBrown is the architect for the project

C&C advances £37m Swan Street proposals

Dan Whelan

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.

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This is perfect for this site but they need to sort the tatty shops on Swan Street out.

By Elephant

Looks cool – great site too!

By manc

Very odd to open a pizzeria next to Ciaooo and Honest Crust, but I’m sure it’ll print money in the short term

By Thomas

Wow, Stunning Design!

By John

very interesting design. Does anyone know the structural engineers on the project?

By Engineer

The CGI render is often worse the actual building. This looks really good so let’s hope it not the other way around this time.

By Cityscape

Great design which will probably get rejected by MCC planning committee in favour of something more bland and boring.

By Monty

The building design looks wonderful

By Philippa

Beautiful design. There are a lot of nice designs that have been approved/floated for this part of the city in the last few months. I few very positive for the city.


Will have to see how it turns out, strip back a bit of draped on the foliage on the balconies and bits of greening and this is a very bland design… will require some collaborative maintenance if its to actually look like this, otherwise its some concrete frames squares with windows.

By EggManc

Not sure how they can claim to be meaningfully consulting with the public when the consultation opens on one of the last working days before Christmas and closes so early in January…

By Anon

Great looking design, let’s hope this gets approved soon.

By JohnP

once again capital and centric push design on a bit further in the city, I’m not a fan of how they bang on about owner occupiers but I do like their architectural approach, so cool without breaking the bank, very clever. I wish others would take note and do similar

By Dom Rouse

Decent scheme and as a much celebrated social impact developer, one assumes they will be delivering the full affordable housing requirement. If not, I’m not sure how they can be taken seriously on this front.

By Piccalilly