The development vehicle has opened consultation on the first project beyond its six-site first phase, a 171-home scheme designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects on the Vesta site between Old Mill Street and the Ashton Canal.
A public event yesterday at Halle St Michael’s is being followed by online consultation running to 16 March as information is shared and feedback sought on a project that sits close to heritage assets including a listed Lock Keepers Cottage and the Ancoats Dispensary.
The site has long been earmarked for residential development, and consents have been granted previously. Since being cleared it has been used for surface car parking and a compound for works on the adjacent Islington Wharf Mews. Manchester Life is looking to go for planning this year, with completion in mid-2019.
The Vinoly scheme is stepped from seven storeys on the Ashton Canal side, up to eight storeys and then nine at the Old Mill Street frontage. The whole scheme will be available for sale, a section of the market that Manchester Life believes to be currently under-served in the area, with the 155 apartments for sale among the 1,000-plus units in its first phase schemes selling rapidly.
The Vesta site project will comprise 54 one-bedroom apartments, 98 two-bedroom apartments, eight three-bedroom apartments, five three-bedroom duplexes, three four-bedroom duplexes and three four-bedroom townhouses.
Martin Clancy, head of Vinoly’s Manchester office, told Place North West: “We’re pleased that the scheme fits the context of the area – there is a good deal of variety in the local buildings, and we’re looking to respect the heritage elements and the scale.”
The firm has previously worked on the Manchester City football academy in the city, and is also the architect on the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre.