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Next phase of Manchester Gardens revealed

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

DeTrafford has unveiled images of its latest proposal at Manchester Gardens in Castlefield, replacing designs by Ollier Smurthwaite for a building on the corner of Chester Road and Hulme Hall Road with a larger, two-block development by JMArchitects.

Manchester Gardens is a 10-building residential masterplan being delivered by DeTrafford, reaching from the edge of St George’s Church to Hulme Hall Road. There are already four elements either completed or under construction: Roof Gardens was built by Pochin’s and completed last year; Pochin’s is on site with City Gardens and Sky Gardens, and DeTrafford’s in-house construction arm broke ground in August 2018 on St George’s Gardens.

At the corner of Chester Road and Hulme Hall Road, a smaller building known as Churchgate Gallery was proposed. Its replacement, Gallery Gardens, sits across the whole masterplan area from Chester Road to Ellesmere Street, and totals 366 apartments. The buildings will be split by a new road running through the development, known as Spinner’s Way.

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The two blocks step from eight storeys on Ellesmere Street “to be sensitive of the conservation area”, up to 19 storeys on Chester Road.

The building is intended to be the gateway to Manchester Gardens, as the first element visible when going into the city centre on Chester Road. As well as the landscaping along Spinner’s Way, Gallery Gardens includes a courtyard and a roof garden.

DeTrafford and JMArchitects are working with planner Paul Butler Associates, and a planning application is due to be submitted in the coming weeks.


DeTrafford Ellesmere Street Map Feb 2019

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Ollier Smurthwaite design so much nicer. ANOTHER boring building

By anm

Can someone describe this design to me please? I can’t look at it without falling asleep.

What kind of city are we aiming for here…

By Yawn

A little too polite, but so much better than the pomo era tribute that is Sky Gardens.

By Gene Walker

The original was much better. Almost ecclesiastical. This is boring.

By Elephant

Credit where credit is due, it’s not a Pinnacle/Freeman or Primesite/Tomlinson scheme!
Well done De Trafford for delivering what was promised.

By Carl

just what Manchester needs – another characterless box to add to the collection.

By Anonymous

Looks god. Classy and understated.


ALL – I’d agree with half of that.

By No statement, no character

Hardly characterless. Better than what was proposed before and a lot better than some of the tripe around Castlefields/St Georges.

By AD1984

Boring. Ollier Smurthwaite 10 times better.

By Barry

Very very nice indeed.

By Rob Palmer

Yay another box.

By Sue Denim

Yawn, how very beige

By Tannoy

Can’t take much to be an architect these days based on some of these, I could design something better with a box of lego. Manchester has some great areas where architecture defines its identity and place. This is another of the many we now have anytown box developments that would send a glass eye to sleep.

By LionelRichTea

Sales must be good if they’re increasing the no of homes.


Watch your car round here, crime is skyrocketing

By Peachy

Tedious 60s looking. Is this the best we can do in Manchester?

By Jim

Another fantastic project by Manchester’s best residential developer. Maybe people should look at some of the other rubbish being built before criticising this project. Not sure how you can review a project based on one visual!

By Andy R

Great looking building, well done to DeTrafford. I went to the public consultation to review the whole project, it’s fantastic!

By Dave

The previous proposal was much better this scheme is dull.

By Lenny1968

Much prefer the OS scheme. Love the red brick & the modern warehouse style, the DT version is a bit lifeless for me.

By DxH

This is just awful. The previous design was better. We are going to regret this in 30 years.

By Acelius

gloomy innt?

By manc

I think it is perhaps dishonest of these schemes to still include the word ‘gardens’, concrete jungle comes more to mind.


Could the people who have posted responses with phrases like “fantastic”, “classy” and “great looking building” please explain to everyone how you come to such conclusions? With the best will in the world this building isn’t remotely close to any of those adjectives. It is a dull, uninspiring box, typical of many other boxes being thrown up in Manchester at the moment. Maximum profit for developers, minimum aesthetics for the end user. Capitalism in all its glory. Enjoy.

By Sue Denim

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