Creating places to live in Manchester

Chapman Taylor’s Manchester studio is currently designing and/or delivering some of the most desirable places to live in the city, including Build-to-Rent schemes and private rental and private for-sale residences. The buildings range from landmark city gateway towers to smaller-scale townhouses and low-rise apartment buildings, catering for a popular market which urgently requires a diverse range of new residences.

Our projects, both refurbishments and new-builds, are designed to create beautiful and relaxing spaces with a number of complementary functions, helping to bring about a sense of place and the basis for successful and sustainable communities. Below are some of the Manchester residential projects currently under way.

Kampus, Manchester, UK

Kampus is a Build-to-Rent development in a prime location in Manchester city centre. The site, formerly part of Manchester Metropolitan University, will see over 500 apartments delivered in new-build and refurbished buildings, entirely for the Build-to-Rent sector, alongside a mix of flexible, commercial spaces.

The development will host an extensive range of artisan retail and commercial spaces set around a secluded garden and central courtyard. Residents will have a private landscaped podium, secure parking and cycle spaces and unparalleled views across Manchester.

Chapman Taylor was appointed by Mount Anvil as Architect and Lead Designer for phase one, which will see 475 units completed by 2020. Landscape architecture firm Exterior Architecture has been appointed to design the green spaces and public realm.

MediaCityUK Phase Two, Manchester, UK

MediaCityUK Phase Two, Manchester, UK

The £1 billion, 211,000m², second phase of MediaCityUK gained planning consent in September 2016. Already home to the BBC, ITV, University of Salford and over 250 creative media businesses, MediaCityUK is a major digital media hub, centre of learning and established visitor destination.

The Phase Two scheme includes a major residential component, comprising 1,800 private sale and Build-to-Rent city apartments and townhouses. It will also deliver over 55,000m² of additional office space, retail and leisure uses, as well as a sequence of new public spaces.

Chapman Taylor’s role on Phase Two includes the development of the overall masterplan and individual plot briefs, coordinating the work of six other architects on ten plots and also designing three of the buildings, including a 470-unit Build-to-Rent apartment building with ground floor restaurants surrounding a landscaped court.

Sawmill Court, Manchester, UK

Sawmill Court is one of six developments within Phase One of a Manchester Life Development Company programme which will see more than 1,000 predominantly privately-rented homes developed on the eastern edge of the city centre.

The scheme will provide 158 1,2 & 3-bed rental apartments complete with a residents’ courtyard and lobby, secure car and cycle spaces and a club room and gym for residents. It also hosts a number of commercial units, which provide an active frontage to the street and form a gateway to the residents’ courtyard, contributing towards the emergence of Ancoats as one of the city’s most vibrant and attractive neighbourhoods.

Chapman Taylor was appointed as Delivery Architect on the Sawmill Court scheme, developing the detailed design set out by the Concept Architect in the detailed Employers’ Requirements for Eric Wright Construction, the principal building contractors.

MeadowSide, Manchester, UK

Located at the northern gateway to the city centre, Meadowside will comprise 756 apartments, penthouses and townhouses to cater for a wide range of needs and provide the basis for a diverse and vibrant community. The project, being delivered by Westfields CZHK on behalf of the developer, Far East Consortium, involves the phased construction of four residential buildings located around Angel Meadow, which will provide residents with a relaxing parkland space in which to escape the bustle of the city.

Chapman Taylor has been appointed as Executive Architect to deliver two urban apartment towers on Plots 2 and 3, providing 286 apartments in total. The Gate (Plot 2) and The Stile (Plot 3), will stand 22 and 17 storeys high respectively, with modern glazed façades and solid podium bases. The design seeks to complement and reflect the surrounding Victorian and industrial architecture.

The ground floor area will house a boutique lobby and shared workspace together with independent retail and restaurant units, providing active frontage to the surrounding area. An additional gym and private dining space will be available to residents on the upper podium level of the Stile.

Manchester Goods Yard & No 1 Grape Street, Manchester, UK

One Cutting Room Square will provide 28 apartments, three townhouses and a ground floor commercial unit, all facing onto Cutting Room Square, as well as a 115-space residential car park with access from Jersey Street. This peaceful public space sits in a prime location at the heart of the Ancoats Conservation Area, among Manchester’s highest concentration of listed buildings.

Adjacent to One Cutting Room Square, providing a beautiful backdrop to the square, is St. Peter’s Church. Dating back to 1858, this now Grade II listed church is home to The Hallé, Manchester’s Symphony Orchestra and Choir.

Chapman Taylor was appointed as Delivery Architect on One Cutting Room Square, developing the design set out by the Concept Architect in the detailed Employers’ Requirements for Eric Wright Construction, the principal building contractors.


Chapman Taylor is an industry-leading practice of global architects and masterplanners, with decades of experience in the Residential sector. We create high-quality, attractive and well-considered designs which develop into positive and sustainable places for people to live, to the great satisfaction of clients and residents.

Vesta Street will provide 169 one, two and three-bed apartments along with three four-bed townhouses for sale. Eight of the apartments are roof-level duplexes. The townhouses are designed to complement the scale of the Islington Wharf Mews and Lock Keeper's Cottage opposite – helping to integrate the development with the neighbourhood.

The eight and nine-storey apartment blocks enjoy the benefit of a waterfront location adjacent to the Ashton Canal, close to the New Islington tram stop and within a ten-minute walk of Piccadilly, Manchester's main public transport hub. Ground floor apartments and communal residents' facilities include outside terraces overlooking the waterfront.

The site will have 62 secure surface parking spaces and secure parking for 132 bicycles. Eric Wright Construction appointed Chapman Taylor to develop the detailed design created by Manchester Life's concept architect for the scheme, Rafael Vinoly.

Chapman Taylor is an industry-leading practice of global architects and masterplanners, with decades of experience in the Residential sector. We create high-quality, attractive and well-considered designs which develop into positive and sustainable places for people to live, to the great satisfaction of clients and residents.

Andrew Carroll

董事, 曼彻斯特

Andrew joined Chapman Taylor’s Manchester studio in 2002 and became a Director in 2013. He is a member of the UK Board and is responsible for the management of the Manchester Studio, including business development, design management, project delivery, recruitment and resource planning.

He has extensive experience managing and delivering large-scale, complex projects across a number of sectors.

Areas of expertise:

Office / Residential / Retail / Leisure / Design Management / Delivery

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

董事, 曼彻斯特

Michael joined Chapman Taylor in 2016 to strengthen the practice’s residential expertise. A key member of the Manchester studio’s management team, Michael has a business development remit for the residential sector across the UK business.

He has experience working on award-winning residential projects with a particular focus on build-to-rent, student accommodation and modular construction.

He is 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)

副董事, 曼彻斯特

Rachel joined Chapman Taylor in Manchester in 2006 and became an Associate Director in 2016. She is responsible for leading the Technical Group and ISO 14001 in the Manchester studio.

She has over 10 years’ experience with particular focus on technical delivery and design management of major projects in the UK and internationally across a number of sectors.

Areas of expertise:

Residential / Leisure / Retail / Delivery / Design Management

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