Kampus 1, Manchester, P.Font Comms
The grade two-listed Minshull Warehouse and Minto & Turner have now been restored. Credit: Kampus

GALLERY | Heritage element of Kampus completes 

Dan Whelan

The conversion of two former shipping warehouses, as well as the restoration of Little David Street, are the latest parts of HBD and Capital&Centric’s £250m Manchester neighbourhood to wrap up. 

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The grade two-listed Minshull Warehouse and Minto & Turner have now been restored and converted into loft apartments, while the cobbled Little David Street is to become a “bustling, alfresco hang out”, according to the developers. 

Apartments within the two restored Victorian buildings are now available to rent, starting at £1,305 a month.  

“Out of all our plans at Kampus we’re asked the most about the restoration of these Victorian warehouses,” said Adam Brady, director at HBD. 

“These buildings were once derelict and at real risk of being lost forever. It was so important we took time to sensitively restore them and preserve as many original features for the next generation of Mancunians.” 

The Kampus story so far 

In 2014, HBD and Capital&Centric bought the Aytoun Street site from the Manchester Metropolitan University for £9m. The following year the JV appointed Dutch architect Mecanoo to design Kampus. 

In 2016, HBD and Capital&Centric won planning consent for the 522-home development and selected contractor Mount Anvil to build it. 

After starting on site in 2017, the first element of the project completed in March 2021 – North Block, one of two new-build blocks. 

Kampus Common Unit

There is around 40,000 sq ft of commercial space at Kampus. Credit: Kampus

The Stack, the 123-apartment brutalist tower, was the next element to complete. 

The 1960s block was once a business school within the Aytoun Street campus of Manchester Metropolitan University. 

South Tower, the second new-build block, will be the final element to finish, following the completion of Minshull Warehouse and Minto & Turner. 

Kampus also boasts 40,000 sq ft of commercial space let to occupiers including General Stores, Nell’s Pizza, Cornerstone, and Bread Flower. 

The Bungalow, the former security cabin on the site, has been converted into a flexible events space. 

The project team for Kampus includes architects shedkm and Chapman Taylor, as well as landscape architect Exterior Architecture.

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Quality job. Took its time but worth the wait

By Steve

Really nice to see this part of town opened up again. Used to be a fairly dead area but hopefully Kampus will be the gateway to ID (is that still happening? Hope so).

By Derek

I’ve walked past this daily and it just got better and better, possibly my favourite development in Manchester

By Clare Early