Plans in for £200m Manchester neighbourhood

The planning application for Capital & Centric and Henry Boot Development’s £200m Kampus project in Aytoun Street has been submitted, and the joint venture has released a new artist’s impression showing the apartment blocks and a central botanical garden.

The 478 flats will be delivered across three towers on the 2.3-acre plot; two new-build and one an extension of the 1960s tower currently on the site.

Mecanoo is the architect for the residential element, and documents with the planning application show indicative CGIs of the completed project.

The buildings will be staggered in height at between 12 and 16-storeys, and include a roof village made up of timber Dutch townhouses. There will also be 69 car parking spaces, and a green, urban garden, known as the ‘secret garden’.

The Kampus development area, which formerly belonged to Manchester Metropolitan University, has 250,000 sq ft of vacant space across seven university buildings.

The joint venture between Henry Boot and Capital & Centric acquired the site in 2014, and secured backing from US fund Ares Investment Management to finance the scheme.

The library will be demolished to make way for one of the residential blocks.

An application is due to be submitted later this summer for the listed Minshull and Minto & Turner warehouses, for use by leisure occupiers. When complete, Kampus will include 30,000 sq ft of leisure units.

The final scheme is expected to total 500,000 sq ft.

Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “We have worked closely with Manchester City Council and importantly, the local community to create this exciting scheme, which will rejuvenate this area of our city that has been neglected for too long.  The ‘secret garden’ concept is pivotal to our vision and by injecting our unique design ideas, Kampus will attract quirky, independent leisure operators and create a vibrant new bohemian destination for the city.”

Architect shedkm is also advising, while Deloitte is the planner. Zerum is project manager.

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