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.