Union Square

Start nears for Northern Quarter apartments

Charlie Schouten

Around two-and-a-half years after the scheme secured planning permission, work is due to get under way to build a mixed 10, six, and four-storey development on Manchester’s Red Lion Street.

The mixed-use site will include the retention of the façade of the former Bull’s Head pub on Union Street, while the remainder of the site will be cleared to create a residential building ranging between six and 10 storeys, along with an interconnected four-storey building, and around 2,000 sq ft of commercial space on the ground floor.

The blocks will include 38 apartments, all of which have been pre-sold. Contractor Gemdale is on board to deliver the project with Gary Usherwood Associates as architect.

Plans were approved for the project in December 2016. Enabling works are set to begin in the coming months with the build expected to take 60 weeks.

The site covers a plot opposite the Abel Heywood pub and the development is being brought forward by Union Square Manchester, which lists four directors – Jenny Dong, Na Li, Allan Stables, and Alex Taylor – at Companies House.

Dong and Li are also directors at London-based company Deals Investment Limited, which controls more than 25% of Union Square Manchester.

The professional team also includes Paul Butler Associates; AA Projects; Pell Frischmann; Omega Fire; Bachy Soletanche; and SWF Consultants.

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Great to see some investment in the Northern Quarter after decades of neglect by the council.

By Anonymous

This is great, the NQ desperately needs investment, it’s looking very run down as Ancoats has blossomed. Thomas Street next hopefully, some horrid old buildings that need to come down.

By York Street

Brilliant for NQ to get some investment again and I think it is fantastic to see some of the Facades retained

By Anonymous

Lack of investment? Where have you been for the past 30 years. Why is the NQ such a popular place to work live and have fun? Answer…….sadly, you will never work out the answer.

By Redatheart

Will the same people with the “just get it built’ mentality be the same ones who will be blaming MCC for the loss of the northern quarters soul in another 10 years time?

By Anonymous

I live in 25 church street apartments, and my living room window (which doesn’t lock) can now be accessed by builders who started putting up the scaffolding last week and they’ve just reached my the prefect level to see into the whole of my apartment. Fantastic. Also, (no surprise here) They enjoy throwing pipes onto the ground at 8am and stop work around 1pm. Great times for the weekend! Who wouldn’t want to be seen by builders when I’m walking from the shower to my room?! It’s going to be a great year. Can’t wait.

By Alexandra

This is great news! Well done my nephew Alex and his business partners

By Samantha Cameron

Looks good, the area is completely run down.

By Anonymous

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