Logik Developments, chaired by former cricketer Andrew Flintoff, has moved forward with its plans to build a 386-home development in Castlefield, Manchester, anchored by a 35-storey tower designed by architect SimpsonHaugh.
The development was first revealed at a public consultation in September last year and a planning application has now been submitted to Manchester City Council for 386 apartments across two new buildings, as well as the retained DOT Building, which is currently vacant having formerly been home to a motorcycle warehouse.
The largest of these will be the 35-storey tower facing the Mancunian Way, which will contain a total of 159 apartments, split between 33 one-beds and 124-two beds, as well as a roof terrace.
A U-shaped building faces the Mancunian Way and Arundel Street, and forms an open courtyard between the tower and the retained DOT Building, which faces Ellesmere Street.
The 10-storey building contains 215 apartments, of which 72 are one-beds and 143 two-beds, as well as 2,400 sq ft of commercial space; and the four-storey DOT Building, which is not listed but designated as a local heritage asset, is set to include 12 apartments and 1,700 sq ft of ground floor commercial space.
At the initial consultation held last year, the project team said it was aiming to have the planning application submitted by October 2017, with the application determined in early 2018. Construction was originally programmed to start this year with completion in early 2020.
In March, Logik’s managing director Neil Spencer told Place North West the team was targeting a planning decision “in June or July” this year and construction starting on site by the end of 2018.
Arundel Street has an estimated GDV in excess of £100m and Spencer added the developer was in talks with “a number of funders” to support the scheme. A contractor is yet tot be appointed.
Logik, headed up by Spencer and business partner Tony Bhatti and supported by Flintoff, also owns two sites at Mayfield bordering the Mancunian Way and the River Medlock and is aiming to bring these forward as part of U+I’s £800m development of the area.
Spencer said: “Our ambition as a new developer is to bring forward projects that add something different to cities like Manchester and help further their overall masterplans.
“The Castlefield basin is an iconic location, not just because of its industrial heritage but also as a gateway to Manchester city centre. The opportunity to retain and regenerate the DOT Motorcycle building at Arundel Street will enable us to maintain that legacy whilst providing something that matches the aspirational attitude the city is becoming known for.”
The professional team on the Arundel Street project includes Deloitte as planner; Gillespies as landscape architect; structural engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan Engineers; Hoare Lea as building services engineer; and transport planner Curtins. Recom has prepared the construction methodology and programme for the scheme.
The proposals for the site have evolved significantly up to the submission of this year’s planning application. Initial designs by SimpsonHaugh outlined “stacked” blocks of 20 and eight storeys, but this plan was replaced by a block of 13 and 32 storeys. The DOT Building has been retained throughout the proposal’s development.