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OMI Architects designed the scheme

Oppidan Life plots £62m tower 

Dan Whelan

The co-living firm, part of Shenton Group, aims to submit a planning application for the 21-storey Salford development in June. 

The 236-home scheme would be constructed on a site off Booth Street next to The Lowry hotel and Dandara’s Chapel Wharf build-to-rent scheme, which Shenton Homes recently acquired. 

Each of the 20 upper floors of Oppidan Booth Street would comprise its own Oppidan Life community, according to the developer. 

The 8,000 sq ft of ground floor commercial space is to be occupied by Hyper, a new bar and restaurant concept from the team behind Mecanica in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. 

The £62m scheme, designed by OMI Architects, would also feature a range of shared and private amenities including a gym, co-working space, private dining and events spaces, a cinema, yoga studio, and six external terraces. 

Paul Butler Associates is the planning consultant for the project. 

“Oppidan Life’s true co-living offer is like no other,” said Colin Shenton, chief executive of Shenton Group. “We’re defining how this exciting new sector of the North West residential property market should be delivered.

“Inclusive pricing, flexible tenancies, affordable rents, high-quality amenities, a great location and wonderful architecture define our approach.” 

Oppidan Life also operates a smaller co-living development on Swan Street in Manchester that opened in 2019. 

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