The project was designed by Manchester-based Ollier Smurthwaite Architects. Credit: via Ashurst Communications

Plans in for £11.5m Curry Mile resi and retail

Developer Views wants to build 42 apartments and 5,500 sq ft of restaurant and retail space off Wilmslow Road in Rusholme.

The site, located at 98 Wilmslow Road, was formerly a tyre-fitters and, more recently, a café.

Ollier Smurthwaite Architects designed the project, which comprises six ground floor units ranging from 682 sq ft to 1,410 sq ft and three floors of flats.

Matt Ollier, director of Ollier Smurthwaite Architects, said the designs were influenced by the past and present.

“Our proposals have drawn from both historical and existing building typologies on Wilmslow Road, and by using modern, sustainable materials we are creating stylish homes for the local community,” Ollier said.

“This is a key site on Manchester’s famous Curry Mile and our proposed scheme provides an opportunity to bring back some of the quality and grandeur that existed in its Victorian heyday.”

The apartments include 12 one-bedroom flats, 27 two-bedroom ones and three three-bedroom homes. First-floor apartments would have private terraces towards the rear of the building.

The proposals include 12 car parking spaces, of which two would be disabled bays. There would be three designated EV charging points, with the capacity to have all 12 spaces EV chargeable if demand requires. There would also be 44 cycle storage spaces.

Patrick Sheridan, senior development manager at Views said: “We are very excited about our plans for 98 Wilmslow Road. Our proposals will deliver much needed new homes and a retail offering to support the ever-growing, diverse and vibrant Manchester community.”

Views estimates that the GDV of the project is £11.5m.

The plans, submitted by Avison Young, do not include any affordable housing units. A viability study by Roger Hannah found that Views could not meet the 20% affordable threshold recommended by the council while still ensuring a “deliverable, high-quality scheme”.

Access to the residential part of the project would be from Grandale Street, while customers could enter the retail and restaurant units from Wilmslow Road.

Consultations were held on the project last summer.

Looking for more information? The application’s reference number with Manchester City Council is 133748/FO/2022.

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This looks superb. More of this in the outer areas please

By Bob

Looks really lovely in the image, but so did their CGI’s of their Castlefield schemes which now they’ve been built look pretty terrible!

By New Mancunian

Well done Ollier Smurthwaite, this looks quality. Wish there were more developments in MCR that stuck to simplicity and elegance.

By Anonymous

@New Mancunian. I think that’s probably more down to the building contract than to the architect.


Sleek and historically fitting. I like it.

By Anonymous

Architects: pay attention to how many positive comments this scheme will recieve. Less pastiche modernism, more of this please.

By Anonymous

There is still hope.

By Anon

One of the best proposals I’ve ever seen. Get it built.

By Dr B

Look’s a corker this does. Great stuff.

By Thumbs Up

Is it really a metric or imperial mile? Has anyone bothered to measure it?
It just seems to keep expanding!

By Andy Grey Rider

See what can happen when you appear to choose the right brick, have decently set back windows to create proper window reveals and a bit of brick detailing at eaves level….everyone loves your scheme. Take note all Architects.

By Old Hall Street

Manchester needs more of this – great stuff

By Simplicity

OS does it again. Superb!

By jrb

This is so beautiful. Ollier Smurthwaite are becoming better with each design, and most importantly, understand the Manchester vernacular.

This is Mancunian architecture. This is beautiful.

By Byronic

The set back for the upper floors and flat roof at ground floor really elevates the apartments above the busy pavement. Good brick banding relief and window reveals always looks good and isn’t hard to do! Keeping it simple works

By Michael

Absolutely love/adore this 19th century design,,,,, there should be more of these developments in the city centre, five or six stories high, the length of a street like you get in London or Paris.

By Bilderburg Attendee

These architects should be recruited to restore the Georgian shell, near Deansgate Square on Chester Road.

By Elephant

A really surprising but fitting proposal. This is what we should be aiming for across GM.

By Observer

Genuinely good. Seems to have universal approval too.

By Anonymous

Yeah just forget about the poor local residents who have to already put up with the already over populated area with people setting off fireworks everyday not to mention the hookah shisha place that all the residents rejected but yet still its open till 3am even though we where told it wouldn’t get a late licence. MCC need to get a grip of this area before adding more people to it. Shame on u all

By Anonymous

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