The campus, which comprises 154,000 sq ft of floor space, previously staged undergraduate and postgraduate courses in food, clothing, hospitality, tourism and related fields.

It was designed by architect Leonard Cecil Howitt and opened in 1960.

Three of the four buildings, on Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, are linked, while the clothing block, previously used for textile design, is detached.

The Project

This is a full service project where we identified, acquired and planned this iconic private rented sector (PRS) development for one of our international clients. Currently going through the planning process, we are completing detailed design and the intention is to award tenders to develop out the site in 2016 if the application is successful and well-received. The first phase of the development which encapsulates the refurbishment and extension of the four current buildings onsite is expected to be completed in 2018. The second phase is a new landmark building that will enhance the skyline and street scene in this popular south Manchester suburb.

The Plan

210 residential one, two, three and four bed units; 20,000 square feet of Gym and Leisure space; 7,000 square feet of retail including a proposed independent artisan coffee shop with associated co-working spaces for residents and the public alike and a full 24 hour concierge service.

The Environment

There is also almost two acres of amenity space for residents, including a fully covered Winter Garden with play areas for children, A Roof Top Garden on top the Toast Rack with excellent uninterrupted views over Manchester, A Courtyard Garden and grassed play and relaxation areas around the site. Some of the duplexes also have private garden/amenity spaces wherever it was possible to bring them into the design.


Situated fronting the main Wilmslow Road, one of the busiest commuter routes in Manchester, this landmark building signposts the development and has been conceived as an acknowledgement to the radical, innovative and progressive attitude of the original designers. We hope that this bold and striking “twisted” building with some exposed structural elements is accepted as a positive contribution toward the evolution of this iconic collection of grade-listed buildings and a way to ensure they are continued to be used and enjoyed well into the future by the residents and visitors to Manchester.


The individual apartments within this scheme are for rental only and the large generously sized apartments have associated facilities which are usually only found with high-end city centre schemes. The best of both worlds in a quiet suburb within a gated development and 24 hour concierge services should give any resident a highly enjoyable experience.

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