Plymouth House, WUKPG, p consultation docs

The site has been vacant for several years. Credit: via consultation documents

Student proposals emerge on former Plymouth House site in Manchester 

WUKPG is planning to build a 239-studio scheme on the corner of Plymouth Grove and Dryden Street in Ardwick. 

The developer has launched an online consultation on the proposals, which would see the site of the former Plymouth House residential terrace redeveloped into student apartments. 

Designed by DAY Architectural, WUKPG’s scheme would be split into two blocks rising to six and eight storeys. 

A leaflet sent to local residents states that the project has been “sensitively designed to transform this brownfield site in need of regeneration to provide a vibrant, high-quality student-led development in Ardwick”. 

WUKPG’s proposals would contribute to Manchester’s shortage of purpose-built student accommodation in a location that is close to universities. 

The developer told Place North West that the scheme would be managed by This is Fresh, the operator’s first Manchester site.

A planning application is to be submitted this autumn. Avison Young is advising on planning and RECOM is the project manager.

In 2016, the site was the subject of redevelopment proposals from 1-5 Plymouth Grove Ltd, an SPV that featured former footballer Kelvin Etuhu among its directors.  

The company, which has since been renamed Via Homes, submitted plans for a 71-apartment scheme before withdrawing them. 

The site is located a short distance away from a scheme aiming to deliver almost 2,000 student beds and 700,000 sq ft of life sciences lab space at Upper Brook Street. This project is being progressed by Property Alliance Group, Kadans, McLaren Property, and Moda. 

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