Brewery site set for major apartment scheme

Brewery site set for major apartment scheme

More than 500 new apartments could be built on the site of the old Strangeways Brewery in Manchester.

Plans have been unveiled by developer Prosperity Capital Partners to construct 556 apartments in five red brick-clad towers of between 12 and 26 storeys in height. This will include 181 homes for sale and 375 for private rent.

The site was occupied by brewer Boddingtons, which had produced the beer of that name for decades - dubbed 'the cream of Manchester' - until it closed in 2005 as production was moved to Burton in Staffordshire. 

However, the old brewery may be the site of many drinks parties in the form of housewarming events if planning permission is granted.

Should the scheme go ahead, it will mark the start of the development of what has been dubbed New Brewery Gardens. 

Although a hotel has been built on one part of the site, most of it is currently being used as a car park, a familiar theme for city centre sites earmarked for major development. If it goes ahead, it will represent the latest initiative in the residential-led expansion of Manchester city centre. 

Located just north of the Manchester Arena and Victoria Station, it will offer easy access to rail and tram services, with the recent completion of the Ordsall Chord meaning it will be easy to get a train down to Manchester Airport.  

The area just north of Victoria Station has already seen significant residential development in recent years with the emergence of the Green Quarter, an array of apartment buildings alongside Cheetham Hill Road. This, however, is further to the north-east of the station and is close to the new NOMA developments that are now taking shape, such as the Angel Meadow apartment tower. 

Further east, the city centre is effectively expanding through a range of commercial and residential schemes around New Islington in the district of Ancoats.