Design for new office to replace buildings being demolished
Worthington Properties' plans for 113,000 sq ft of offices on Deansgate are due to be approved

Glenn Howells Deansgate office set for approval

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

A packed agenda for the final Manchester planning meeting of 2015 includes a £70m office on Deansgate, the £175m redevelopment of the University of Manchester’s Owens Park campus, the latest Manchester Life residential project in Ancoats and 101 apartments in New Islington.

Seven major projects have been recommended for approval by council planning officers at the meeting on Thursday 10 December.

In Deansgate, Worthington Properties has planned a £70m scheme to replace two interlinked buildings at 123-127 Deansgate vacated by Pannone with a 113,500 sq ft office and 12,100 sq ft of retail. The block was designed by Glenn Howells Architects, CBRE advised on planning.

At Fallowfield, the University of Manchester is set to receive approval for its £175m Owens Park campus redevelopment, which includes the demolition and rebuilding of the 2,200 bedrooms currently available and the provision of a further 800 bedrooms. The project is the latest phase in a £1.8bn investment programme in new facilities by the university across Manchester and is funded by Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development Company.

Manchester Life Jersey Street

Studio Egret West has designed the fourth Manchester Life project in Ancoats

In Hulme, a part-four, five, six, seven and nine-storey building made up of 277 flats for the private rented sector on Coupland Street has been recommended for approval. The developer is London-based Naava, the scheme was designed by Hodder & Partners.

Manchester Life Development Company is expected to receive sign-off for its fourth scheme north of the city, with a part-seven and part-eight-storey building including 158 apartments and ground floor commercial units on Jersey Street and Hood Street in Ancoats. The architect is Studio Egret West. Manchester Life is also bringing forward a planning application for 31 homes at a nearby site on Hood Street.

Manchester Life Development Company is the residential property development company owned by Manchester City Council and Abu Dhabi United Group, which is driving the redevelopment of Ancoats and New Islington.

A 101-apartment scheme across three buildings in Old Mill Street by ISIS Waterside Regeneration Partnership was deferred from a November planning meeting to allow for a site visit. The project is part of the third phase of development at New Islington. The site is currently used as a temporary car park and is owned by Manchester City Council. JM Architects designed the project, Deloitte advised on planning.

The construction of 79 two- and three-storey homes by the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Trust is planned on part of its Withington Hospital estate, which is to be approved subject to an agreement that 20% of the homes are made available to first time buyers.

A total of 70 homes, in a mix of houses and apartments, are planned by Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, represented by BYA Architects, on Heyland Road.

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