Having been vacated by Manchester Metropolitan University in 2014, HOW Planning submitted a hybrid planning application on behalf of the PJ Livesey Group and successfully secured planning approval for the redevelopment of the former MMU campus site in Didsbury.
The application was submitted following extensive consultation with the local community and key stakeholders, and further develops a regeneration framework drawn up by Manchester City Council for the 17 acre site following MMU’s move to Birley Fields.
The scheme will see the conversion of the Grade II* listed Administration Building and Grade II listed Chapel and the retention of three more listed buildings together with the construction of a number of large family sized homes in line with the city’s aspirations to expand the mix of housing stock available.
The scheme will deliver 42 new build homes, 7 new build apartments as well as conversions within the Listed Building element of the scheme with a number of additional apartments and houses. The quality of the scheme is the first of its kind in the City of Manchester and promises to set new standards in design and landscaping all set within the Didsbury St James’ Conservation Area.
The PJ Livesey Group are specialists in heritage sites and understand the balance between conserving what is special and adopting a more contemporary approach to bespoke new build housing. HOW worked positively with Manchester City Council to develop sensitive plans which will enhance Didsbury and deliver a truly outstanding development.
The proposals also include outline plans for a new primary school on the Broomhurst Hall site.