Curlew Gamecock Redevelopment
SimpsonHaugh designed the project

Curlew advances Hulme student scheme 

Dan Whelan

The development arm of the London-based real estate group wants to demolish the vacant Gamecock pub on Boundary Lane, south of Manchester city centre, and build a 259-bedroom student accommodation block. 

The 13-storey scheme, designed by architect SimpsonHaugh, would feature a community hub that could be used by residents of the wider Hulme community. 

The Gamecock Community Hub would front Booth Street West and Boundary Lane and feature a gym as well as space for meetings, exercise classes, and community activities, according to Curlew Opportunities. 

A consultation on the proposals is underway and the developer aims to submit a planning application this spring. 

Curlew’s plans are in line with Manchester City Council’s desire to see more purpose-built student accommodation developed in the city centre in order to attract students out of private rented sector housing and boost council tax revenues. 

Students are exempt from paying council tax, meaning that the council is losing out on contributions as a result of students choosing to live in private rented accommodation instead of purpose-built student housing. 

However, the prospect of the development has angered some residents in neighbouring residential blocks Cooper House and Hopton Court. 

A campaign to stop Curlew’s plans has been launched amid claims from residents that Manchester doesn’t need more student accommodation. 

Turley is the planning consultant for the project. 

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The 13-storey scheme, would feature a community hub that could be used by residents of the wider Hulme community – what is a hub? a cupboard? a virtual space? or a sop?

By Mamosa

Perfect spot for student accommodation. The site currently is a real eyesore

By Bradford

Nauseatingly dull

By Observer

How about some housing/apartments for local people – Hulme is now saturated with students, there needs to be a better balance in the area between local residents and the transient student population.

By Manc man

I think this place would be ideal for student accomodation, hasbeen a run down site for many years and is is need of investment

By Sister Sister