Kampus £250m residential development edging towards completion in Central Manchester

The eagerly anticipated Kampus residential scheme, being developed by joint venture developer partners, Capital & Centric and HBD, is moving closer to completion on a prime site in Central Manchester.

The development’s North Block, one of the site’s two new buildings, has now completed, delivering 140 one and two bedroom apartments which will be open for viewings in April. The first images of the completed building showcase its quirky rooftop village of Amsterdam-inspired Dutch Houses. With high ceilings, panoramic views across the city and huge suntrap terraces, the Dutch Houses reimagine the penthouse experience.

The North Block makes a bold new addition to Manchester’s skyline, with its distinctive pixel windows, Lancashire red brick and exposed concrete features. Its clean and sharp interior design was created by the Dezeen-Award-winning YOUTH Studio.

The Kampus site, formerly part of Manchester Metropolitan University, will see 534 apartments being delivered in new-build and refurbished buildings entirely for the Build-to-Rent sector, plus a mix of flexible, commercial spaces. Each building has its own distinct architectural character, meaning that the scheme caters for a wide range of tastes.

Tenancy options will range from 12 months to three years. Along with super-fast broadband, a residents' app and a 24-hour on-site team, other residents' perks include a gym, a yoga terrace, a private rooftop cinema, a dining room and a lounge in which to host guests.

The developers plan to create two floors of independent shops, restaurants and bars around a lush garden, adjacent to the Rochdale Canal, which will be open to the public. The development will provide much-needed green spaces and a relaxing environment for residents of, and visitors to, Kampus.

Sitting adjacent to Manchester’s famous Canal Street, the project retains an 11-storey, 1960s former office tower, which is extensively refurbished after being stripped back to the original concrete frame and extended by three storeys. The former academic buildings, built decades after the tower, have been demolished to make way for the new-build elements, which will be tied into the tower building.

Completing the residential development are two listed, former warehouse buildings, which are refurbished and transformed to complement the wider scheme by Liverpool-based shedkm. A former security cabin called "The Bungalow" is being transformed into a space for events and exhibitions.

Interiors by YOUTH Studio

Residents will also benefit from on-site management, a private landscaped podium, secure parking, cycle spaces and unparalleled views across Manchester.

Dutch architects Mecanoo completed the concept design before Chapman Taylor took over the architectural role on the project for the new-build elements and developed the detailed design through to project delivery, with Exterior Architecture advising as Landscape Architect on behalf of the Main Contractor, Mount Anvil. The remaining elements of the scheme, including the retained listed buildings, designed by shedkm, are due to complete in the coming months.

Andrew Carroll

Director, UK

Since joining Chapman Taylor in 2002, Andy has led the design and delivery of major projects across a range of sectors including mixed-use, office, residential, hospitality, retail and leisure.

Andy is a core member of the Manchester Studio leadership team. As a UK Board Director, he oversees our workplace and design delivery services and contributes to defining and implementing our core values across the UK.

Areas of expertise:

Mixed-use / Workplace / Residential / Hospitality / Retail / Leisure / Design Management / Design Delivery

Michael Swiszczowski (BA(Hons), MArch, ADPPA, ARB, RIBA)

Director, UK

Michael joined Chapman Taylor in 2016 to strengthen the practice’s residential expertise. He joined the UK Board in 2022 and continues to take an active role in developing the practice’s residential and hospitality sectors across the UK business.

He has experience working on award-winning residential projects, with a particular focus on Build-to-Rent, student accommodation, hotels, serviced apartments and modular construction.

Michael is a regular speaker at residential and property conferences where he articulates Chapman Taylor’s design approach and skill sets. He is also a RIBA-elected member of the Regional Council for RIBA North West.

Areas of expertise:

Residential / Build-to-Rent / Student Accommodation / Hotels

Rachel Rogerson (BA (Hons), Dip Arch)

Director, UK

Rachel is an accomplished design team leader and has worked on many of Chapman Taylor’s flagship projects in the UK and internationally since joining in 2006.

She leads the in-house UK technical group for the business, providing support and advice on regulatory issues. She has over 20 years of experience, with a particular focus on leading complex technical projects and design management of major projects across multiple sectors. Rachel was promoted to the UK Board in 2023 and splits her time between the London and Manchester studios.

Areas of expertise:

Specialist Fit Out / Leisure / Retail / Higher Education / Residential / Design Delivery / Design Management

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