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.