New imagery, released today, shows the public realm at the centre of Kampus, surrounded by the residential buildings and retail units

Plans in for £200m Manchester neighbourhood

The planning application for Capital & Centric and Henry Boot Development’s £200m Kampus project in Aytoun Street has been submitted, and the joint venture has released a new artist’s impression showing the apartment blocks and a central botanical garden.

The 478 flats will be delivered across three towers on the 2.3-acre plot; two new-build and one an extension of the 1960s tower currently on the site.

Mecanoo is the architect for the residential element, and documents with the planning application show indicative CGIs of the completed project.

The buildings will be staggered in height at between 12 and 16-storeys, and include a roof village made up of timber Dutch townhouses. There will also be 69 car parking spaces, and a green, urban garden, known as the ‘secret garden’.

The Kampus development area, which formerly belonged to Manchester Metropolitan University, has 250,000 sq ft of vacant space across seven university buildings.

The joint venture between Henry Boot and Capital & Centric acquired the site in 2014, and secured backing from US fund Ares Investment Management to finance the scheme.

The library will be demolished to make way for one of the residential blocks.

An application is due to be submitted later this summer for the listed Minshull and Minto & Turner warehouses, for use by leisure occupiers. When complete, Kampus will include 30,000 sq ft of leisure units.

The final scheme is expected to total 500,000 sq ft.

Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “We have worked closely with Manchester City Council and importantly, the local community to create this exciting scheme, which will rejuvenate this area of our city that has been neglected for too long.  The ‘secret garden’ concept is pivotal to our vision and by injecting our unique design ideas, Kampus will attract quirky, independent leisure operators and create a vibrant new bohemian destination for the city.”

Architect shedkm is also advising, while Deloitte is the planner. Zerum is project manager.

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Hey Urban Shapeshifters Mike Ingall et al, ,,,,,,why does 95-100% of new residential development within the Manchester/Salford inner ring road consist of flats for young ‘professionalls’ and students.Why is affordable housing for families not being built. I drove past recently built European style 3-5 storey town houses on Bury New Road the other day on the site of the old ‘House that Jack built’ / ‘Jacks’ pub. They would look great as part of a new city centre neighbourhood supported by nurseries, health centres, cafes etc.

By Anthony Fallon

Because land values are high within the inner ring road. You cannot build housing to be ‘affordable’ when the land they sit on is so expensive. Developers don’t develop unless they can make a profit. Houses can be built to be ‘affordable’ in places where land values are low, i.e. Outside of the city centre. Such as the area on Bury New Road that you mentioned.


I think family housing within the ring road is unrealistic really. However, there’s a lot to be said for provision on the “city fringe”, e.g. the HoUSe ones in New Islington and planned for Greengate… problem is even in (still) slightly scruffy areas like that, they’re not really affordable if you have kids!

By creep

I agree that the city fringes are great now for families and can only get better….CLOSE enough to the very centre….Lower/Higher Broughton, Hulme etc??? Land costs too high within the inner ring road?

By Schwyz

Great to see “69” parking spaces for the 478 flats, and the 500,000 sq ft of other space……

By Today

Totally agree with Anthony Fallon.Central Manchester is crying out for houses and a start has been made around Chapel Street in Salford. Timekeepers Square has attractive Townhouses built within the area where some very grand Georgian houses stand already.

By Elephant

The houses around Great Clowes street are pretty decent too.Salford has more available land I suppose.

By Elephant

I’m not sure why anyone wth kids would want to live in the city centre/on the fringes of it anyway. Much nicer parks, much more family-friendly facilities and venues and much better schools out in the suburbs – much better places for kids to grow up IMO and this’ll always be the case despite all the ridiculous rhetoric from those trying to sell the city centre family housing dream for their own gain – while living out in the suburbs of course.

By Didsbury Dave

Didsbury is the city of Manchester’s only real leafy suburb and not everyone can live there.I would rather live off Great Clowes street than Blackley or Moston anyday.

By Elephant

Prestwich is alright too. Although I had to laugh when I visited and remembered it having been labeled “the Didsbury of the north”… says a lot about North Manchester.

Yes, as a percentage, a lot of the city is rough-as.

By creep

Prestwich and Whitefield are nice,although both of their traditional shopping areas have been ruined by lack of investment by Bury council,but they are not City of Manchester.Whitefield has the most valuable Real Estate North of the Mersey in Greater Manchester but is let down by poor facilities.All the council tax from there and Prestwich goes on Bury Town centre.Sore point with people in both these places.Manchester loses out as most of the better off areas on all sides of the conurbation are in other boroughs.A Tory conspiracy to keep it poor.

By Elephant

Elephant: “A Tory conspiracy to keep it poor.” Who does that benefit exactly? Nonsense.

Lets be honest, Greater Manchester is largely bloody grim!

By creep

Why wouldn’t a family want to live in the city centre? Other European countries do it – young/ families/ retired people. If you only build tiny apartments for young professionals and students then that’s all you will get. But yes agree with the point that developers don’t build for charity they build for profit. However I am sure that if the houses/maisonettes were ‘right’ for families a lot of people would pay a premium – but agree the developer would probably still not be happy with the yield! Don’t Liverpool and Manchester need something like the Vancouver project – don’t think they are going to get it though….. I think even building apartments big enough for families probably isn’t going to happen!

By Mary Smiley

There are lots of leafy places in Manchester and some fab old houses too. I was in a place called Clayton? Near City’s ground and there was some fantastic old terraced houses all beautifully maintained but sadly areas like this don’t get a look in when people looking to locate,

By Mary Smiley

Mary has a good point about Clayton,but I think she means Clayton Bridge which indeed is semi rural and has some nice houses.There are big houses in Clayton,but it is a grim area, it does however have potential.Newton Heath too has nice houses and there are some decent parts of Droylsden,which granted is Tameside.The way forward for Manchester,is to repatriate the Student ghettoes to the South of Manchester.The grand houses of Victoria Park,Withington and Fallowfield are ideal for families.I have noticed that Hulme is starting to deteriorate again since the MMU campus was built,with litter everywhere.

By Elephant

Mary – maybe, we’re in manchester, not continental europe. In Manchester even though the city centre is a nice place to work I personally wouldn’t want to bring my kids up there and all of my friends in similar positions who moved out to the suburbs agree. and there are plenty of nice places outside of didsbury – off the top of my head chorlton, wilmslow, stockport, old trafford, worsley, monton, prestwich, whitefield, bury all have extremely desirable areas more conducive to family life and with a safer feel and lower crime rate, admittedly some more accessible than others budget-wise. Crumpsall has sone incredible old buildings, just a shame it suffers from a reputation for crime etc. It’s leafy, looks like didsbury in parts, closer to the city centre, right on the metrolink line, loads of amenities on the main road through it, even has a hospital. that place would potentially be perfect for familiy living in a suburb not far from the centre and could provide great balance between the two.

By Dave

Dave, you have to remember that city living, despite having been a thing for a couple of decades is really only in its formative stages in the UK. Manchester’s centre was built almost exclusively for commerce; its inner city for industry with housing as an almost ancillary function. We have a long way to go yet to repurpose and rebuild the environment to be amenable to family living.

This WILL happen though, it’s inevitable, it just won’t happen overnight.

By Place maker

Crumpsall has some Big houses and is ideal if you want to be in an episode of Rising Damp.

By Elephant