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The apartment block would sit next to the former Royal Osborne Theatre

Cert moves ahead with 90 Collyhurst flats

Sarah Townsend

The Manchester-based developer has lodged plans to build an apartment scheme known as Osborne Yard, on Oldham Road north of the city centre.

The scheme comprising 90 flats would sit next to the former Royal Osborne Theatre in Manchester, which was home to acid house club The Thunderdome and was demolished in 2010.

It is Cert Property’s second development on Oldham Road after it completed the 28-apartment POPworks scheme in 2019. This latest project would be delivered in partnership with Heatley Developments, whose directors are named as Christian and Wallace Bury, and Frederick Baama, among others, on Companies House.

Osborne Yard forms part of the planned regeneration of the Collyhurst area north of Manchester city centre, which itself comes within the Northern Gateway development zone, tipped to deliver around 15,000 homes over the next two decades.

The apartments at Osborne Yard, designed by Elevate Architects, will feature generous outdoor space, bold interiors and innovative carbon reduction technology, according to the developer.

Howard Lord, managing director of Cert property, said: “The area between Collyhurst and Manchester City centre is entering a transformative period with significant investment and regeneration underway as part of the Northern Gateway.

“Osborne Yard aims to be a leading residential offer and we have done our utmost to be respectful of the historical context and surrounding neighbourhood. We want the development to be a landmark example of ‘what’s next, starts here’ for the surrounding area.”

It is hoped that the project would act as a catalyst for future development along Oldham Road, Cert added. The planning application has been submitted to Manchester City Council.

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The apartments would feature outdoor space and green technologies



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Awesome, congrats Cert

By Jake K

People dont want their houses knocking down. I saw it on telly.

By Liverpools finest

These look nice…and they have balconies.

By Manc Man

Collyhurst is awful. Who would want to live there? Grim

By M16

These are the sort of apartments you’d want to live in. I hope the private sector is influenced by MCC to provide these sorts of big balconies which are standard on the continent.

By Liveable

This looks like an ambitious scheme in a somewhat forgotten part of town. Knowing that the Northern Gateway projects are in the pipeline, these sort of sites start to look more appealing to developers and occupiers. It makes sense, it is so easy to get into town from here.

By Bradford

@M16 – There are plenty of people who will want to live there…you have to start somewhere, regeneration will transform the area. I remember when they used to say the same things about Hulme, now most houses that come up for sale in that area are gone within a couple of weeks….places can change.

By Manc Man