We were appointed to design a small, residential-led, mixed use development in Manchester, comprising accommodation for overseas students, plus a café/restaurant at ground floor.
A number of challenges arose during this development but planning permission was eventually granted for a small, residential-led mixed use development, following an extensive public consultation exercise and negotiation with adjoining building owners.
Whilst a prominent corner site, the ownership boundary was small and irregular in its footprint. Existing Rights of Way to neighbouring properties at the rear also restricted the layout and form of the development.
The original proposal for a statement building was resisted by the city, with the Local Planning Authority preferring the practice to lower the architectural ambition.
Nonetheless, the 13 apartments plus café/restaurant use maximised the development capacity of the site, and the scheme is viewed as a positive development in the area.