Clarion Shared Ownership Store Street Canal View
The two-block scheme would be positioned between Store Street and the Ashton Canal

Store Street canalside apartments submitted

Dan Whelan

Affordable housing provider Clarion Housing Group with H20 Urban, a joint venture between developer Bloc and the Canal and River Trust, have submitted a proposal for 66 flats along the Ashton Canal.

The scheme comprises two adjoining blocks, pitched as one solution to the 6.5-metre disparity in elevation between the canal towpath and Store Street. The first block is 11 storeys in height rising from street level, while the second, at four storeys high, rises from the level of the canal towpath. 

The smaller of the two blocks will feature a roof terrace accessed from the taller building at the sixth floor. 

The 68,000 sq ft scheme, which would be positioned on a small triangular plot owned by the Canal and River Trust, would offer a mix of one- and two-bedroom flats as well as three two-bedroom town houses. 

Clarion Shared Ownership Store Street View

The 11-storey block as viewed from Store Street

Clarion would manage the scheme once complete, with properties made available through shared ownership.

The site sits within the Piccadilly East development area, as defined by the Manchester Piccadilly Strategic Regeneration Framework. 

The scheme’s architect, AHR, considered several different massing options for the project including 10-, 12- and 13-storey iterations before deciding on the 11-storey version. The massing of the development is designed to tie in with the lowest block of Property Alliance Group’s nearby 32-storey Oxygen development. 

The project team also includes Curtins, DEP Landscape Architecture, Hann Tucker Associates, WSP, Chroma, Walker Sime and Hannan Associates. 


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Reassuringly beige.

By Suman

This looks pretty decent for the setting. Understandable greater mass but not excessively dominant of the smaller apartments across the water. Just hope it’s a good quality finish.

By Thumbs Up

This is an awkward little site. It’s good to see some affordable home being delivered in the City Centre. Hope this gets off the ground.


Put a deposit down early for the canal views.

By Anonymous

Lovely roller shutter which is larger than the front door. Goes well with the cheap cladding onto Store Street.

By Frontage

Just the sort of rubbish we have become use to in Manchester. Develop the site, yes, but it looks seriously out of date and offers nothing to the city in terms of design.

By Acelius

I’m seriously angered by this design and will NOT enjoy looking at it on my computer screen. It needs much better cladding and why not include a revolving restaurant too?

By SSC Cladding Enthusiast (bored)

Wow that looks terrible.. Front doors fronting onto a public canal path with no defensible space.. Good luck with sorting the leaking canal out aswell especially when piling.. Hope the QS has allowed for waterproof concrete #delapssurveyrequired

By KatieT

Boring cheap design. There were some real issues with the aqueduct leaking a few years back. I hope this has been sorted properly. Nice for something to be built here but very disappointed with the design.

By Steve

It’s really sad to see one of the only plots of green space left in the city being turned into yet another concrete and metal tower. There are no barely any green spaces or trees in this city centre! Stop destroying your history and what nature you have left! Manchester laughably advertises itself as a city of trees yet all it does is concrete over everything and squeezes metal structures into every nook and cranny. Just another typical Manchester ‘for profit’ neighbourhood with ‘for profit’ towers. Leave this green space alone!!! Leave the trees and the birds and the this last little tiny bit of nature in the city ffs! It’s call style and character and reducing pollution, very much needed!!!!! Manchester may as well call itself the city of junkies as opposed to city of trees, it has those aplenty and they certainly run areas such as Piccadilly gardens and the back streets.

By Terence lovell