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The three-storey building was previously occupied by the Department of Work and Pensions

Placefirst eyes resi scheme at former job centre

Dan Whelan

The Manchester-based build-to-rent firm has lodged an application to convert a 32,000 sq ft office block in Longsight into 46 apartments. 

The three-storey building is located off Clarence Road and Dickenson Road and was previously occupied by the Department of Work & Pensions as a job centre before closing in August 2018. 

The block had been marketed by Bowcliffe and Lambert Smith Hampton at a rent of £10/sq ft. 

The application is a for an office-to-residential conversion under permitted development rights.

PlaceFirst said it has “a long-term plan to revitalise the site through high quality residential development”, and that a full planning application would be submitted in due course for other site and extension works. 

Project3 is the architect for the scheme. 

Placefirst founder and managing director David Smith-Milne stepped down from his role in January, while Bill Oliver and David Mawson were appointed as chairman and chief executive, respectively. 

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Longsight is going to become an absolute gold mine. High occupancy, high demand, very little vacant land. Give it 5 years the house prices will be like withington, anyone with land round there will be very rich .

By Tom