Vita submits plans for Manchester House of Social
The developer wants to build a 14-storey building comprising 576 student beds at First Street.
Vita Group’s House of Social student brand aims to provide purpose-built accommodation for university-goers of the same standard as modern build-to-rent developments.
The project is being developed in response to a growing demand for PBSA in Manchester city centre.
Research by Cushman & Wakefield indicates a lack of PBSA development is forcing students into HMOs in areas like Fallowfield and Rusholme, putting pressure on the city’s housing supply.
Over the last 10 years, Manchester has delivered the second-fewest PBSA beds of any major market “and the lowest net increase in beds of any major markets”, according to the research.
As well as space for almost 600 students across 100 cluster apartments, Vita’s scheme also features a 14,000 sq ft food hall on the ground floor. The food hall will feature a central bar and five independent kitchens.
Max Bielby, chief operating officer at Vita Group, said: “We’re delighted to bring forward these exciting new plans for our new student brand House of Social, adding to the First Street masterplan and complementing our neighbouring Vita Student offering.
“House of Social is the student house re-imagined, bringing students together at the most important time in their life and giving them the opportunity to make life-long friends whilst excelling in their studies.”
Designed by Tim Groom Architects – with Deloitte advising on planning – House of Social is being progressed alongside Ask Real Estate’s plans for a 300,000 sq ft net zero office on an adjacent plot.
Plans for that project were submitted in January.
To learn more about House of Social, search for reference number 136170/FO/2023 on Manchester City Council’s planning portal.