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Red Lion Street, Manchester

A complex and tight site in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, the Conservation Area status entails an element of facade retention of the historic former Bull’s Head Pub. This scheme comprises part 11, part 7 and part 5 storey accommodation, stepping down on one end acknowledging the smaller scale of Thomas and Turner Street. The scheme provides 38 apartments over street level ‘boutique’ commercial units – synonymous with the Northern Quarter – and appropriate for independent retailers. Due to its superb central location, the design and quality of materials are to be of a very high standard, which when completed will be a landmark building for the City.

Key Features
  • Good sized apartments, designed in accordance with the Draft Manchester Residential Quality Guidance, each with its own inset balcony or Juliette.
  • Sensitive and contextually appropriate design response.
  • Prime location for City Centre living and excellent retail location.
  • It is to be a landmark building within the Northern Quarter once completed.
The design of this building results from a long process of negotiation with the local authorities and input from a wide and comprehensive consultant team. The design intent was to create a high quality building, which responded acutely to its context.
The Planning process took almost nine months up until Submission. It involved co-ordination of a huge consultant team, which is typical of a project in this sort of location and of this size. Other professions included: planning, heritage, structures, services, transport, environmental sustainability, acoustic, microclimate / wind, ground conditions, archaeology, ecology, police and television reception consultants.


‘The Island’, 1st Floor Suite,
St. Ann’s Parade, Alderley Road,
Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 1HG

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