The story of a proposed development in Manchester’s Northern Quarter has taken another turn with developer, Real Estate Investment Partnerships, submitting an application for the demolition of listed buildings on Thomas Street.
Approval for the five-storey apartment block, which would provide 20 residential units, was granted in August 2017. A year later Historic England granted part of the site, 42-46 Thomas Street, grade two-listed status after an application from an anonymous individual.
This caused the development to stall with Simon Gallanders, director of Real Estate Investment Partnerships, describing the situation at the time as “bleak”. At the time the heritage listing was made Real Estate Investment Partnerships was in talks with a number of contractors about delivering the project.
Now a listed building application by Real Estate Investment Partnerships for the demolition of the former weaver’s houses could reignite the project. The move could provoke objections from Historic England and local residents.
A spokesperson for Historic England, said: “42-46 Thomas Street, in Manchester’s Northern Quarter was grade two listed in 2018 on account of the buildings’ national historic and architectural value. They provide unique physical evidence of the small-scale individual enterprises that formed the origins of industry in Manchester.
“Each application will be assessed on its own merits, but where possible, we encourage the retention and reuse of historic buildings, as successfully integrating older structures into new developments can significantly contribute to the character of an area.
“It will be for the council to decide whether the public benefits of the plans outweigh any harm identified as being caused to the historic environment.”
Known as Warp & Weft the proposed development would include plans for a restaurant and retail units across 9,000 sq ft of ground level floor space.
The site includes 50-48 Thomas Street; buildings which occupied this part of the site were classified as unsafe and demolished in 2017 as part of the same development.
The project would also include the redevelopment of a property on Kelvin Street to the rear of the plot.
The professional team is made up of Jon Matthews Architects, Renaissance, WSP | Indigo WECE and SLHA
On a neighbouring site, plans for a 26-bedroom hotel, submitted by Agecroft Investment Company and designed by GA Studio, were approved in July 2019.
This project also sparked controversy among residents due to the demolition of vacant retail units.