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NBBJ Architects designed the Henry Royce Institute

PLANNING | £150m Sir Henry Royce gains consent from Manchester councillors

The University of Manchester’s new Government-funded research facility has been approved, as have 183 apartments to be built by Fred Done’s development company in the Northern Quarter, and 188 flats in Castlefield despite fierce opposition from locals.


Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials, Booth Street

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Developer: University of Manchester

Architect: NBBJ

Cost: £150m, part of £235m overall allocated from Government

Height: Nine floors

Size: 170,000 sq ft

SYNQ, Tib Street, Northern Quarter


Number of apartments: 183

Floors: Nine

Developer: Fred Done’s development company Salboy and Factory Estates

Architect: IDP Group

In the room: The site includes the Tib Street Horn sculpture, which according to a report with the application has been gifted to the city, but will be put into storage until an alternative use is found

2-4 Chester Road, Castlefield


Developer: Renaker Build

Architect: OMI Architects

Height: 21 and 12 storeys

Flats: 188 apartments

Type: Private rent

In the room: A decision on the application was deferred from the committee in January, pending a site visit. The scheme has faced fierce opposition from local residents groups and developer Castlefield Estates, but was approved despite an extensive campaign over its height and materials.

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