Rental apartments promise to be the cream of Manchester
Manchester's supply of rental apartments is set to increase further, with news of a development planned for the site of the old Strangeways Brewery.
For decades the site had turned out Boddingtons, using water from a well below the site and capitalising on the location of the plant by advertising its wares in the 1990s as "the cream of Manchester". All that changed, however, as the brewery closed in 2005 and was demolished after production moved to Burton in Staffordshire.
Plans were hatched to develop the site, but most of these fell foul of the recession. Apart from a Travelodge on one corner, most of the land was left cleared for use and found, as is so often the way, a new life as a car park.
However, developer Prosperity Capital Partners has now come up with plans to transform the site, with five towers measuring between 12 and 26 storeys in height. Clad in red brick - a more familiarly Mancunian style than the steel and glass towers now dominating the nearby city centre - the development will, subject to planning permission, feature 566 apartments, plus shops, eateries and space for start-ups on the ground floor.
Notably, the majority of these apartments are for private rent, with this accounting for 375 of the total and the other 181 being for sale. Letting agents should have no difficulty shifting them either, as the location is potentially one of the best in the city.
Although the site - rechristened New Brewery Gardens - is officially to the north of the city centre, it is a stone's throw from the Manchester Arena and Victoria Station. The station has enjoyed a smart makeover in recent years with its new roof, but also now offers direct rail access to Manchester Airport and the city's southern suburbs, thanks to the recent completion of the Ordsall Chord.
Prosperity Capital Partners believes the scheme will help expand the city centre northwards. By giving the site a new name, it will also remove a possible source of stigma for potential residents. Strangeways was, after all, until recently the name of the nearby Manchester Prison.