Hodder Mirabel Street March 2019
The proposed blocks are pictured to the left

Hodder puts in plans for £32m Great Ducie Street apartments

Acting for developer Maryland Securities, the architect has moved forward with proposals for 129 apartments across two blocks opposite Manchester Arena.

The site borders Great Ducie Street and sits opposite the Manchester Arena; Breslyn Street separates the site, and a disused railway viaduct sits on the southern border.

Hodder + Partners is proposing a mixed set of blocks, ranging between 13 and nine storeys, including 129 apartments. The smaller block fronts Mirabel Street while the larger sits on Great Ducie Street, and also features two commercial units totalling 3,600 sq ft at ground floor level.

The Great Ducie Street block contains 84 apartments, while the second smaller block includes 45.

There is also a roof terrace proposed, as well as ground floor parking and 100% cycle parking provision.

The majority of the apartments are two-beds, with around two-fifths provided as studio or one-beds alongside a handful of larger three-bed apartments. None of these are proposed as affordable; according to consultants Cushman & Wakefield, any on-site provision of affordable housing, or any other Section 106 contributions, would “exacerbate” viability concerns.

“In order to promote delivery of the development it is recommended that the local planning authority grant planning consent, without the need for on-site affordable housing or further S106 or other planning obligations,” argued the viability statement put together by the consultant.

Maryland Securities’ proposals have a gross development value of around £32m and are expected to cost just short of £20m to build. A public consultation was held on the plans last summer.

The professional team on the project also includes Curtins; Paul Butler Associates; planner Deloitte; Clancy Consulting on M&E; Civic Engineering; AA Projects; and JGA Fire.

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Rubbish! The development of this site should include the small parcel of land adjacent to it, as anything built here in the future will completely block any light. Madness if this gets through planning

By Steve

That looks shockingly bad.


@Steve It’s a terrible design for such a prominent site anyway however the plot of land you mention is not owned by the same developer/land owner. There’s a reason not as many windows face that plot.

By AD1984

Steve, the small parcel of land you are referring to is owned by the lighting shop which they currently use as a car park.

By Tony C

this is so dull and boring

By Jonny

I’m sure the £20m to build is just for s106 viability purposes and wont feature anywhere in their sales particulars when they look to flip the site on.


if they can’t afford the Section 106 contributions, or any affordable housing contributions, they shouldn’t be allowed to build this scheme. Build something different….

By AnonyMouse

@AnonyMouse didn’t you read that Deloitte is the planner? Of course MCC will wave this one through without due consideration for developer contributions and affordable housing. Nothing to see here.


Wow, truly uninspiring. Looks rather like a 1960s system build tower but where they’ve forgotten to build the top half.

By Dennis Nails

More rubbish for our declining city.

By Acelius

This is in Manchester Acelius, not Liverpool

By Fergus

Jesus wept. More dross… for any good building in MCR lately there seems to be 10 of these shams.

By LionelRichTea

I wouldn’t say Manchester is “declining” – its one of those cities that never really had a glorious hayday one could hark back to – its a functional industrial city for producing, not necessarily one for living. As such, its “peak” or “hayday” is arguably the present (incorporating the past 30 years or so).

That said, I’m not convinced the city has maximised its cultural capital or political attention to create a pleasant liveable space for the future. As land use patters change and people are no longer wedded to the office, will anyone really choose to live in Manchester city centre when there are greener, safer, more open places to spend your life? The lack of ambition demonstrated by schemes like this is depressing

By HeyDay or Heyday, who knows

Looks dated before it is built. @Fergus Liverpool has much nicer buildings and the new builds tend to blend better with the older ones. Manchester is looking so disjointed and random, for all the building going on it’s not easy on the eye I’m afraid.

By S. Denim

Pointless development, there are much better housing schemes in motion just a stones throw away in Salford between Regent Rd, Liverpool Rd and The Crescent (Chapel street).
Don’t waste your time on this one, most likely the planning will be granted and then the site sold off to foreign investors.


Heyday has a point. The lack of decent green space is an abysmal indictment of MCC. The green space available is poorly maintained and too small. There is nowhere nice to sit and any space available is built on. Look at that spare land near Canal street. That would have been perfect for a park and would have complemented the one on Sackville street.

By Elephant

@S.Denim. It looks dated because it was designed 10 years ago. Just look at the context in the visual. Will never be built anyway, owner just looking to increase the land value. As ever the viability statement is pure BS.

By M3 resident