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MIPIM | Flintoff targets Mayfield for next Manchester development

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Logik Developments, headed up by former cricketer Andrew Flintoff alongside developers Neil Spencer and Tony Bhatti, is looking to start its first major project in Manchester city centre later this year, and is lining up two potential schemes as part of the city’s Mayfield framework. Place North West sat down with the team to find out what else the developer has planned.

Flintoff and his cousin Spencer, who is the company’s managing director, have been running Logik for around five years, but made their first foray into large-scale residential development with their Arundel Street proposal in Castlefield.

The 386-home, 36-storey development, designed by SimpsonHaugh, has been out to public consultation and the team is aiming to have the planning application validated by the end of the month. Alongside residential, the plans also include leisure and commercial space.

Logik is hopeful of having the scheme go for before planners in June or July, and Spencer said the hope was to get the project on site before the end of the year.

The scheme has an estimated GDV in excess of £100m, and Spencer said Logik was in discussions “with a number of funders” to secure backing, with an announcement expected in the coming months.

No contractor has formally been appointed but Logik has previously worked with McLaren on other joint ventures. Flintoff said he was keen to get the scheme delivered to a high standard.

“I’m not expecting a pat on the back but it’d be great to drive past and see it and think, ‘I helped build that’,” he said. Spencer added Logik would be unlikely to retain the development once it completes apart from the former DOT Motorcycle building, which will be refurbished as part of the scheme.

The developer owns two sites at Mayfield, bordering the Mancunian Way and the River Medlock, and will work with U+I and the council to bring these forward as part of the wider £800m development. One will feature a hotel, and the other includes residential, but Spencer said Logik “wouldn’t want to step on any toes” and would be making a final decision on what will be developed once the site’s strategic regeneration framework is approved.

“The consultation has been well received by the public and the council so we’re hopeful of bringing that forward soon,” he said.

Logik has also been looking at sites in Bolton and Preston, with Flintoff keen to stress the developer’s local connections.

“We’re all Lancashire lads and I played for Lancashire, and there’s a lot of opportunity in these towns – not just Bolton and Preston, but Blackburn and Burnley as well.”

Logik is yet to secure a specific site in Bolton but Flintoff said the company had been in conversations with the council about delivering part of its £1bn masterplan.

“We have looked at sites in Preston that haven’t ended up coming forward, through no fault of our own, but we’re keen to make something happen,” he added.

The potential schemes form part of Flintoff’s ambition to expand his interests in property, with Logik looking to bring forward a number of strategic sites across the country, with a particular focus on the North West.

The company has looked at a series of student accommodation schemes in Liverpool, and is bringing forward a site in North Wales with the intention of gaining planning permission and selling it on.

Flintoff said: “There’s huge opportunities around the North West; Manchester is flying, I’ve lived there and seen how the city’s grown. But it’s not just about the cities – it’s all about the whole region and the opportunities throughout towns like Bolton, Preston, and elsewhere.”

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That tower is embarrassingly out of place; anything goes in Manchester.

Although, I’m sure some berks will pop up and say it’s a wonderful juxtaposition.

By !

Lets see if it gets built out, its a very expensive build.

By Bday

it looks good from the 1st floor down.

By Mike Rainer

I think it looks good and the area needs such…NIMBYS just want to hold us back.

By Schwyz

The Castlefield scheme is on the market as he’s looking to flip it.

By Peter

stick to cricket lad if I were you…

By Hungover Harry

Great – another has been sportsman inflicting their ego on the skyline of Manchester…… surely only a matter of time before a boxer, someone from the world of Cycling or possibly darts rocks up with a plan for a 47 storey tower funded by a Chinese / Russian consortium ?? But its all fine because they are a sporting “legend”

By A developer

Ian Simpson’s designs seem to be getting more aesthetically attractive with every passing year. This design looks absolutely gorgeous. That said, there is a chronic lack of Key Worker accomodation in the City central area. The River Street scheme on the edge of Hulme, which has received Planning consent but was NOT supported by Manchester University on the basis of apartment size, layout & location would be absolutely ideal for Key workers like construction workers, Q.S.’s , Project Managers, Security industry workers, locum Medical staff etc. who may only be based in Manchester on weekdays and need cost effective, clean accomodation in a central location near to Transport hubs. Such accomodation around the back of Piccadilly Train station with ancillary services like cheap eateries, laundry facilities, games rooms, possibly a small Cinema on site etc. would surely be a huge success in my opinion.

By Bilderburg Attendee

I am not sure about this. It looks like something seen in Murmansk or somewhere.

By Elephant

Everyone and anyone is a developer again. Sure sign of some burnt fingers ahead. It’s only the big boys who can carry the overhead for the years of gestation, pay the costs prior to meeting funding conditions and cover cost overruns on thin appraisals for these big schemes. Negative ? Realistic?

By JTC

Preston is a city.

By Kirn

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