BDP designed the £ 50m Ancoats Works project. Credit: Font Comms
The developers are aiming to build 193 homes on the historic Manchester site, as well as a community hangout space.
Located on the corner of Carruthers Street and Pollard Street, the Ancoats Work site is currently a vacant storage depot. Kamani Property Group and Capital & Centric want to transform it into a thriving community.
If Manchester City Council approves the application, the developers said work could start on the site in early 2023.
BDP designed the scheme and Avison Young is the planning consultant. The Ancoats Works project includes apartments, duplexes and townhouses. The apartments will be one- and two-bedroom homes. The duplexes will have three bedrooms.
The historic Ancoats Work façade would be retained and, in an effort to restore the canalside, lighting and planting would be added.
“The design strikes the perfect blend between old and new – retaining parts of the historic building with the iconic ‘Ancoats Works’ signage, whilst creating design-led homes on what’s currently a pretty unloved, industrial site,” said Kamani Property chief executive Adam Kamani.
“As well as new homes, we plan to deliver stunning outdoor spaces and improve the canalside, making the space much more welcoming with real character.”
An undecided community hangout space is also included in the plans, with the developers noting it could be either a new store, café, or bar.
Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said he was excited to get the project going.
“At our communities in Piccadilly East and Campus, we’ve seen first-hand that Manchester’s diverse neighborhoods are attracting a real mix of people wanting to put down roots in the city,” Higgins said.
“More and more, young families, retirees and downsizers are wanting to call the city home, as well as the more stereotypical young professionals. Ancoats Works responds to that, with a mix of townhouses and apartments to help foster a diverse neighborhood, as well as spaces like the corner café bar and gardens where a genuine community can bond and grow. ”
News of the planned Ancoats Works project was first covered by Place North West in September last year. A community consultation on the scheme was held in November.