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 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.