PLANNING | Manchester pubs set for residential development

While the facade of the former Hardy’s Well pub in Rusholme is set to be retained as part of the construction of a six-storey apartment block, plans for the full demolition of the Church Inn on Cambridge Street are due to be approved by Manchester City Council’s planning committee next week.


Hardy’s Well, 257 Wilmslow Road

Hardy's Well Render

Number of storeys: Six

Number of apartments: 62

Ground floor retail space: 9,720 sq ft

Architect: PHA

Developer: Eamar Developments

A planning application submitted at the start of 2018, the project has seen some revisions from a building of staggered height, to the six-storey block going before the committee. The pub will be used as the foyer for the apartment block, and the outer wall which features a Lemn Sissay poem will be incorporated into the inside of the building.

84 Cambridge Street

Alumno Cambridge Street Ground Level

Developer: Alumno Group

Architect: Carson & Partners

Number of storeys: 12

Number of student bedspaces: 97

Alumno purchased the former Church Inn pub on Cambridge Street from Urban Splash last year, and is proposing a student accommodation block for the site. The scheme was on March planning committee agenda, but was deferred for a site visit, after receiving several letters of objection due to the scale of the block, as well as the loss of another pub from the local area.

Alumno Cambridge Street 2


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The Hardy’s Well Pub scheme may be the worst proposal ever to be featured on PNW. Just knock the pub down and put it out of its misery.

By Stu

Agree with Stu – really doesnt look great on the visual. Looks like an April fools. Not even using similar materials.


Everyone involved with that Hardy’s Well scheme should question their choice of profession. Seriously. An empty plot with a derelict pub is better than whatever that thing is.

got the birds in the render though haven’t they. Even the worst efforts manage to get the flock of birds in.

By Daveboi

Abit late, but this has to be something to do with April Fools Day. It’s clearly not real, no one would design something so offensive.

By Boris

I can’t get over the design of the Hardy’s pub. In no way can this be real?

By Junior

The Etch-o-sketch visual for the Cambridge Street scheme is equally embarrassingly bad. I can’t imagine an architecture practice so bad that it would let that out of the door.

By Anonymous

The Plattfields area of Manchester has some great architecture. It is way overdue gentrification.

By Elephant

PNW – you might want to check the Hardy’s application, this isn’t the latest proposal (have a look at the committee report). It’s not hugely better, but it certainly is better!

By Junior

I actually like the idea of retaining the pub frontage. Shame the Lemin Sissay Poem will go, but otherwise looks like a good scheme that’s preserving the history of the area. Tin hat on. 🙂

By Anonymous

The poem is now being retained – this CGI doesn’t show the latest scheme.

By Junior

“The poem is now being retained – this CGI doesn’t show the latest scheme” The poem is on the south side, so not visible on the CGI in any event.

By Compass

I agree with all the other comments regarding Hardy’s Well. An absolute shocker. At least it will live long as an example of how not to deal with a heritage asset.

By Curly

The CGI doesn’t show the latest proposal for this site.

By Lenny1968

Recommend for approval? Can we please see the planning officer’s comments regarding design… should be good for a laugh.

I can only assume someone was smoking spice outside the town hall and the relevant officer was overcome by the funes. It’s the only plausible explanation for recommending the approval of this utter abomination.

By Laurel and Hardy

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