Video update on the £250m KAMPUS development in central Manchester

22.05.2019 - Project updates

KAMPUS, currently under construction at Aytoun Street, is the redevelopment of a former Manchester Metropolitan University site into a new neighbourhood with 533 apartments, two gardens, bars, restaurants, and shops. The scheme was designed by Mecanoo, with Chapman Taylor progressing with the project as delivery architect, and Exterior Architecture advising as landscape architect.

Contractor Mount Anvil has been on site for over two years, with the project on track to complete in 2020. Minto & Turner and Minshull House, two grade two-listed Victorian shipping warehouses are being converted into loft-style apartments with commercial uses on the ground floor – these two buildings are being carried out by Shed KM.

Also being developed at KAMPUS is The Stack, a former Manchester Met tower which is being converted into 123 apartments. Three floors have been added to the original 12 storeys, a new façade is being built and work to the apartments is underway.

Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “We’ve kept what we can, even when that’s made things a bit more difficult. Most people assumed we’d demolish the 1960s tower but it’s part of Manchester’s history and we think it adds to KAMPUS’ charm and authenticity. Plus, we actually think it’s a great example of how brutalist architecture can be beautiful. We’ve stripped the building right back to reveal the awesome waffle slab ceilings which will be staying as a striking design feature in the new apartments, bars and restaurants.”

Alongside the buildings that are being restored are two new-build towers, North and South block. Each are 15 storeys, and total 352 apartments. Both have now reached full height, with some apartments nearing completion. There are also 10 Dutch houses being built along the roof of the blocks. Landscaping on a central garden at KAMPUS is due to start in September.

Original article via Place North West.

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