George Downing Construction, the developer’s contracting arm, has been given the go-ahead to start building the 2,224-bedroom scheme on First Street, following the signing of a legal agreement with the city council.
Last September, Downing Living’s co-living development, which features a 45-storey tower, was approved alongside a raft of other schemes totalling more than £1bn of investment.
The developer had hoped to start on site last year but construction of the project could not begin until Downing and Manchester City Council signed a Section 106 agreement outlining the conditions that must be met to progress the project.
That agreement was finally signed earlier this week.
Plans for the £300m co-living cluster were first lodged in January 2020. Two unsuccessful airings in front of the planning committee followed, before the scheme was approved despite concerns from Hulme ward councillors.
The co-living proposals include 1,113 apartments, divided between one-, two-, three-, four-, and five-bedrooms, along with 1,091 studio apartments.
Around 44,000 sq ft of amenity and surrounding public realm are contained in the proposals. The flats would be split between 11 accommodation types, ranging from compact studios to five-bedroom apartments.
Downing bought the site, Plot 11 on the edge of First Street, from investment manager Patrizia last March for around £18m.
SimpsonHaugh is the architect for the project.