Manchester New Square

Matthew Hardman
New mixed-use scheme in Manchester's historic Whitworth Street conservation area

Manchester New Square, located on the corner of Whitworth Street and Princess Street, will comprise three residential buildings, surrounding a landscaped, tranquil square. The development aims to create a high-quality offering enhancing the existing historic context, and sensitively reconnecting the site to its surroundings.

The 351 private ownership apartments will meet the growing demand for urban living in a city which is rapidly transforming itself

The 351 private ownership apartments will meet the growing demand for urban living in a city which is rapidly transforming itself. The apartments are to be delivered to a high level of specification and offer more generous accommodation sizes than other developments currently on offer within the City Centre. Provision for artisan restaurants and retailers will be created at ground level, together with a residents’ gym, lounge and 24 hour concierge. Secure basement car and cycle parking will also be provided.

This premium city centre site lay dormant until being acquired by Urban & Civic in 2014, following the stalling of an earlier development. The site had an already constructed four-storey basement, including the ground floor concrete slab, over its full extent. This constrained Simpson Haugh’s design development, requiring careful attention to the existing structural columns, loading limitations and vertical circulation cores.

Enabling works are now on-site undertaking basement reconfiguration and strengthening and the first phase of 117 apartments in the Carding building is due to be completed during 2020.

Faithful+Gould is supporting Urban&Civic with cost management services and we have been involved since 2014, prior to site acquisition. This is a challenging site which has explored a range of planning proposals, and our team’s cost advice has led to the viable solution now being taken forward.

This is a challenging site which has explored a range of planning proposals, and our team’s cost advice has led to the viable solution now being taken forward.

Our cost management takes account of the specific needs of the project. For example, the city centre location, with its nearby nightlife, meant that acoustic enhancements had to be taken in to consideration within the costs. Our option appraisals for methodologies and materials contributed to the choice of a lighter precast cladding system, addressing the weight limitations of the pre-existing foundations whilst reducing overall spend from the earlier proposed unitised solution. We have played an integral role within the Stage 2 negotiation process.

Manchester New Square is a great example of the value we bring to residential projects. We are working on schemes throughout the North West – Mayfield is another example. Our nationwide portfolio showcases experience gained on a wide variety of residential developments, including developer-led private ownership, social housing, extra care accommodation, private rental sector, build to rent, and student residences.

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