Mabel Tylecote

PLANNING | MMU site heads Manchester agenda

The proposed replacement for the Mabel Tylecote Building within Manchester Metroplitan University’s Oxford Road estate is set to be considered at the next meeting of Manchester City Council’s planning committee, which takes place on 29 June.

Also on the planning list are Manchester Life’s Vesta Street scheme, an infill project in the Northern Quarter, and the second phase of Belgravia’s project in Piccadilly Basin. All are recommended for approval.


Manchester Metropolitan University Arts & Media Building, pictured above

Developer: Manchester Metropolitan University

Architect: Allies & Morrison

Scheme: 96,000 sq ft mixed-use facility on the site of the former Mabel Tylecote Building, currently being demolished

Flats: 240 student beds

Height: 9 storeys

Vesta Street

Vesta Manc Life

Developer: Manchester Life

Architect: Raphael Vinoly Architects

Scheme: Manchester Life’s seventh scheme in Ancoats/New Islington, sits between Old Mill Street and the Ashton Canal

Flats: 155 apartments, 16 houses

Height: 7 to 9 storeys

Eider House, Ducie Street


Developer: Belgravia Living

Architect: Cartwright Pickard Architects

Scheme: PRS project that marks the second phase of Belgravia’s Piccadilly Basin scheme

Flats: 128

Height: 8 to 10 storeys

Mangle Street, Northern Quarter


Developer: Three Popes

Architect: Stephenson Studio

Scheme: Permission is sought to create a new building on this vacant brownfield site at the junction of Mangle Street and Back Piccadilly, to be linked internally to the listed Finlay’s Warehouse, Dale Street

Flats: 14

Height: 8 storeys

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Of course they are all recommended for approval.

By .

That Manchester Life design is a disgrace! Nearly as bad as the vile design of their scheme at Pomona Docks!

By David

I take it Manchester haven’t implemented their residential design quality guidance yet.

By Curly

Ducie Street is as bad as it gets

By Tom

Every one of these designs is a utilitarian excrescence. What happened to elegance and flair?

By Tony Heyes

The Ducie street building looks like something in Bucharest in the 1950s.

By Elephant

Excellent. Always happy when I pass Ducie Street on the left hand side.

By Alan

The concept designs for the MMU site were excellent. What happened?

I’ve not forgiven Allies and Morrison for One Piccadilly. I hope they’re not going to foist another complacent bit of pattern book on design on us.

By Anonymous