This project on an underutilised town centre car park, is a key development opportunity identified in the council’s strategic plans. MCAU’s proposal is for four new blocks designed around a network of pedestrian priority streets with a reintroduced public square, private courtyards, communal and rooftop gardens.
The residential led mixed-use development will include 200 homes in a mix of family townhouses, young person’s apartments, elderly living accommodation, and commercial office space. A ground floor of retail, café bars, and restaurants is also included fronting onto Deansgate which is within a conservation area, and which links the development directly to the town’s primary city centre area and retail core.
Considered design which is focused on bringing a new sense of place and a revived identity for this missing quarter of the town centre, will generate new life into an area that historically was the location of some of the poorest slum housing ever seen in the town. A mix of public and private shared facilities and communal spaces within the building blocks, set within what will be a reinstatement of the lost historic street pattern now made up of new and active public realm, will hopefully appeal to families and the elderly alike. We ae proposing a multi-generational community set within a balanced development of commerciality and living spaces.
In creating a new-build build to rent community of this nature this project will show that town centre higher density urban living, that puts the end-user at the forefront of designs set within an overarching goal to achieve health and wellbeing for the tenants, can deliver a residential neighbourhood which can help to cultivate and bring a community together of differing ages.
The site’s northern boundary follows the River Croal, and riverside improvements are proposed as part of a wider plan to establish city wide pedestrian links along the river. This proposal brings with it the opportunity to link the riverside walk directly into the heart of the town centre for the first time.