Capital&Centric and Kamani Property Group have submitted plans to create a vibrant Ancoats canalside community at Manchester’s Ancoats Works

Ancoats canalside community is getting a boost with a £50 million project at Manchester’s Ancoats Works, currently a disused storage depot.

New images reveal that the development will include canalside apartments, townhouses, gardens and a new café bar or store.

In total, Capital&Centric and Kamani Property Group will build 193 homes, with a mix of 1 and 2-bed apartments; 3-bed duplexes; and townhouses fronting onto Carruthers Street.

The Ancoats canalside community project marks the second collaboration between the two Manchester-based developers. The ambition behind this development is to breathe new life into the historic site. If approved, work could begin as early as 2023.

A fusion of old and new for Ancoats canalside community

The developers have ensured that the iconic Ancoats Works frontage on Pollard Street will remain, and that red brickwork is used for the new apartments to complement the neighbouring Hope Mill; but also made an effort to keep the design fresh and modern.

The design also includes a hangout space for the community to enjoy. It has not been officially decided yet, but it will likely be a new shop or café bar. There are also plans to restore the unloved canalside with lighting and generous planting as part of a lush new garden.

Ancoats is growing into a vibrant canalside community

Adam Kamani, CEO at Kamani Property, said:

“We think this community will be a really vibrant addition to Ancoats as it grows. The design strikes the perfect blend between old and new – retaining parts of the historic building with the iconic ‘Ancoats Works’ signage, whilst creating design-led homes on what’s currently a pretty unloved, industrial site. As well as new homes, we plan to deliver stunning outdoor spaces and improve the canalside, making the space much more welcoming with real character.”

‘Young families, retirees and downsisers are wanting to call the city home, as well as the more stereotypical young professionals’

Co-founder at Capital&Centric, Adam Higgins, said:

“At our communities in Piccadilly East and Kampus, we’ve seen first-hand that Manchester’s diverse neighbourhoods are attracting a real mix of people wanting to put down roots in the city. More and more, young families, retirees and downsisers are wanting to call the city home, as well as the more stereotypical young professionals. Ancoats Works responds to that, with a mix of townhouses and apartments to help foster a diverse neighbourhood, as well as spaces like the corner café bar and gardens where a genuine community can bond and grow. We’re excited about getting going.”

Submission of the Ancoats Works application follows community consultation last year. The collaboration follows the two companies joining up on plans for a site on Swan Street in the Northern Quarter, consented by Manchester City Council in 2021.

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