Detailed plans submitted for landmark Didsbury site

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Working on behalf of the PJ Livesey Group, HOW Planning has submitted a hybrid planning application for the former MMU campus site in Didsbury.

The application follows 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.

PJ Livesey director James Woodmansee said: “It is vitally important that we create the right kind of residential development that will not only enhance Didsbury but create a real choice for families wanting to live within Manchester.

“This is a large site with two distinctive heritage buildings and the new build homes will respect the location and provide a new level of accommodation for Didsbury.”

The Manchester based company worked with HOW Planning and Calderpeel Architects to draw up the scheme which will see:

The main Administration building converted into 19 apartments and 12 houses.

The Chapel converted into 10 luxury apartments.

The conversion of three smaller listed buildings: The Lodge, 801 and 803 Wilmslow Road into three homes.

42 new build houses ranging in size from 1,283 sq ft to 3,372 sq ft with an emphasis on outside space, high quality architecture and the retention of trees.

There are also plans for a new build block of seven apartments ranging from 2,081 sqft to a four bedroom 2,782sqft penthouse.

The proposals include an outline application for a new primary school on the Broomhurst Hall site.

Conor Vallelly, principal planner at HOW Planning, said: “The PJ Livesey Group are specialists in heritage sites and know how to get the balance right between conservation and a more contemporary approach to bespoke new build housing. We have used our extensive experience in this area to develop sensitive plans which will help them deliver an outstanding development.”

Harry Calder of Calderpeel said: “Calderpeel are proud to have worked closely with all the stakeholders and the local community to design and deliver high quality architecture which responds sympathetically to the locality and creates a strong sense of place. Our team brings its considerable expertise in the field of modern living to the project and as such the proposed new housing offers a range of properties that creatively respond to these challenges”

Sara Shanab from MMU said: “It was important to the University that redevelopment of the former campus site is of the highest quality and we are very excited by the proposals put forward by the PJ Livesey Group. We believe they have enhanced and evolved the original brief and this scheme will deliver a lasting legacy to the area.”

The PJ Livesey Group is advised by law firm Slater Heelis

MMU is advised by DTZ and Addelshaw Goddard


Published: 16/04/2015

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