Plans submitted for phase two of £250m Kampus

Capital & Centric and Henry Boot Developments have submitted the planning application for apartments and restaurants in the second and final phase of the Kampus development next to Canal Street in Aytoun Street.

Two listed 19th century warehouse buildings, Minto & Turner and Minshull House, will be retained. Little David Street will be reopened to the public once again after several decades of restricted access.

Following sensitive restoration to preserve as many of the buildings’ original features as possible, Minto & Turner and Minshull House will provide 59 characterful loft apartments along with roughly 14,000 sq ft of commercial space.

The units will open onto Little David Street and a new, south-facing square off Chorlton Street, offering leisure occupiers distinctive trading spaces.

Little David Street runs between the two buildings and is thought to be one of the only untouched cobbled streets in Manchester.

The developers said it is an important part of the Kampus neighbourhood and “will be a place to meet, socialise and enjoy the best independent bars and restaurants Manchester has to offer.”

Adam Brady of Henry Boot Developments said: “At Kampus we have the opportunity to create something genuinely standout for the city, something completely new. These two buildings, and the reopening of Little David Street, are central to our plans.

“What we don’t want at Kampus is more ‘me too’ warehouse apartments – we’ll be working hard to retain as many original features as we can, including those that would pose too much of a challenge for many other developers. The end-result will be an amazing fusion of old and new to create something really special.

“The original features will be a reference point to the past which, coupled with our plans for the rest of the scheme and the more contemporary architecture and design, will contribute to the creation of a very distinct, unique neighbourhood.”

Phase one, currently under construction, comprises 478 build-to-rent apartments, along with 30,000 sq ft retail and leisure space on the ground and first floors, beneath two 12-16 storey new buildings including a “rooftop village”. The scheme will also include the refurbishment of the existing 1960s former Aytoun Tower. The focal point of the scheme will be sought-after green space, including the secret garden.

Mount Anvil began enabling works for the first phase of the scheme last month. Phase one is due to be ready for occupation by 2020.

Deloitte Real Estate is advising on planning. The architect for phase two is Shed KM.

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This looks class, we went past on Friday and the demolition had started, I feared for the old buildings, glad there’re staying.

By Martin Goode

The best development taking place in the city centre at the moment. Can’t wait to see it when it’s finished.

By David

This looks class so far, can’t wait to see it finished.

By .

The only new development in Manchester that has any soul. Love the design, love the concept, love the name. St Johns has potential too and graphics look good.

By Stevie B

The village has been a dump for ten years now, and this will give it a boost. This looks good and I’m looking forward to seeing the Dutch style townhouses. Little David street,is a gem of a street and I hope that they use a sensitive approach to incorporating it, in to this development.

By Elephant

This could be a great scheme and really give Manchester that ‘European’ feel its long been striving for. Hope C&C/HB keep doing this right.

By Rooney

Breath of fresh air for Manchester. Love this development.

By Tom

That square has the look of Concert Square in Liverpool which, may I say, is a fantastic model which manages to achieve a nice chilled-out atmosphere within an area densely populated with pubs and bars. Much of Manchester’s nightlife feels frantic and unpleseant, hopefully this will help improve things somewhat though will depend on the developers not selling the commercial units to large, disengaged operators.

By Impressed

Chilled out atmosphere in concert square are you serious? It’s not as bad as Mathew street which is horrific nowadays but I wouldn’t describe it as chilled out.

By prudence

Looks good! Concert Square suffers from the British drinking culture unfortunately, but Bold Street is really cool these days!

By Liverpool-Manc