Affordable housing provider Clarion Housing Group has set out proposals for an 11-storey residential scheme between Manchester’s Store Street and the Ashton Canal.
The development, designed by AHR Architects, would provide 63 one- and two-bedroom apartments and three two-bedroom townhouses. The scheme drops down to four-storeys on the side fronting the canal to complement the Ashton Canal towpath and Store Street Aqueduct.
The project falls within the Piccadilly Basin regeneration strategy from Manchester City Council.
Clarion has entered into a development arrangement with H20 Urban to deliver the scheme, although the details have not been finalised, a spokesperson for Clarion said. H20 Urban is a joint venture between the Canal & River Trust, which owns the site, and developer Bloc, which specialises in regenerating canal-side locations. Further details on the scheme’s delivery will be be disclosed after the pre-planning stages have completed, the spokesperson added.
The design is to be based on Clarion’s previous social housing schemes, and the provider will manage the scheme once complete.
Richard Cook, group director of development for Clarion, said: “We are aware of the demand for affordable housing in Manchester city centre. While shared ownership is not the solution for everyone, our development will play a valuable role in expanding the options available within the city centre housing market, especially for people who currently see home ownership as out of their reach.”
A public consultation on the scheme is to be held at the Premier Inn on Dale Street on Monday 3 February from 3:30pm to 7:30pm.