The area around Chapel Street continues to receive investment, including a new development of contemporary apartments and townhouses.
The English Cities Fund was set up around 15 years ago by three partners – national urban re-generator Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England – with the mission to ‘unlock the potential in our towns and cities, by reinventing urban areas at pace, in new and imaginative ways’.
As part of the scheme, Salford Central received a massive £1bn of regeneration cash to transform over 50 acres of the historic city centre into a brand-new neighbourhood and mix-use destination.
Loads of developments such as Vimto Gardens, Carpino Place and Valette Square have taken place over the years.
Plus the area has seen the introduction of plenty of independent bars and restaurants, with the outstanding Porta Tapas, The New Oxford Pub, The Old Pint Pot, Le Cassi’s Wine Bar, plus Vero Moderno on Chapel Street alone.
You’ll also find Caribbean Flavas, Pizzology, Chung’s Chippy, as well as plenty of arts and culture in the form of the nearby Salford Museum & Gallery and GK Gallery.
Also in the area, on the banks of the Irwell, is the historic Peel Park, which first opened its gates in 1846 and received a whopping £1.6m refurbishment throughout 2017 to return it to its former glory.
The latest addition to the line-up is a new development, Atelier, which is set to be slap bang in the middle of all the action.
Home to 167 contemporary 1, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments, plus eleven new 3-bedroom townhouses each complete with their very own front door, garden and secure parking, Atelier will bring life to the former wasteland opposite Salford Cathedral.
Launch prices are in the region of £170k for a 1 bed with completion of the project due in the last quarter of this year. The apartments are also Help to Buy (Subject to availability, eligibility and meeting government restrictions).
Find out more here.
NEW OPENING: Manchester’s first ever £1M shared beauty salon work space
After massive success over in the US, Phenix is testing out the waters on the other side of the pond…
Salon giant Phenix Salon Suites has launched its first ever UK venue in Manchester’s city centre, creating a new haven for all things hair and beauty.
The first of its kind in the UK, Phenix Salon Suites is a flexible place for hair and beauty professionals to master their craft and run their businesses all under one roof at Number One Deansgate.
The brand was originally launched in Colorado Springs in 2007 after founder and entrepreneur Gina Rivera wanted to offer salon professionals an alternative to either renting a chair in an existing salon or dealing with the challenges of owning their own salon.
And fast forwarding to 2021, Phenix has over 300 sites dotted across the US and now, one here in Manchester, which boasts twenty-nine salons, 50% of which have already being leased by business owners.
Current tenants include hair stylists, massage therapists, nail technicians, skincare professionals and makeup artists.
And as for the building itself? Well, as guests arrive at the new space, they will be taken through a luxury lobby just off Deansgate and, as they climb the stairs, will be ‘transported to a hair and beauty haven’.
Down the spa-like corridor, you’ll find tenants such as Andrew Trott-Barn with byATB, Joseph Snee from Joseph Patrick Hair, Ashley Longmore at Moloko Hair, pedicurist Yulia Hamilton, hair extension specialist Savana, and many more.
Each tenant will be given access to a break room and kitchen space, as well as an on-site laundry room with FREE use of commercial equipment for fast washing and drying. Hairdressers and barbers will also be provided with a backwash, styling chair and hair trolley, while nail artists or beauty therapists will be offered sink units and storage trolleys.
John Gillespie, Operations Director of the UK & Europe said on the new opening: “We know how hard it is to set up a salon from scratch, and even more so when it comes to finding something affordable in the middle of an incredible city like Manchester.
“We wanted to make it accessible and achievable for anyone to create their own business, and so we’ve launched the very first Phenix here in Number One Deansgate, maybe one of the best addresses in the city!
“We chose Manchester as our first location here in the UK as it’s already a leader in the hair and beauty industry. There are so many creatives and entrepreneurs, we knew immediately it was the right home for us.”
For more information, head over to the Phenix Salon Suites UK website.
Manchester’s iconic CIS tower to become £150M ‘vertical district’ with bars and restaurants
The investment marks a whole new era for the former CIS tower
The former CIS skyscraper will be getting a whole new lease of life thanks to a massive £150M refurbishment project.
The project, commissioned by Castlebrooke Investments, will be transforming the building – which was once the tallest tower in Manchester before the arrival of the Beetham Tower back in 2006 – into Society, a new ‘vertical district’ complete with restaurants, bars and shared workspaces.
Society will offer ‘all the facilities of a HQ environment with flexible workspaces, meeting rooms, conference suites and the convenience of on-site amenities’, according to Castlebrooke.
The 425,000 sq ft building will be sectioned into three distinct parts; the Tower, which will feature 143,527 sq ft of workspace across twenty-six floors, the Podium, 207,379 sq ft of the ‘largest and most flexible office floor plates in Manchester’ and the Street, a space for food, drink, retail and leisure amenities at street level.
A spokesperson from Castlebrooke said: “The tower has been at the forefront of innovation in Manchester city centre since it was first erected in the 1960s.
“Our redevelopment strategy continues this forward-thinking tradition, re-imagining the building to form a vertical district that will attract distinct user types to its three component parts – tower, podium, and street – as the way we work and live in the city evolves.
“Together these components facilitate the coming together of a new society, offering all the facilities of a HQ environment with flexible workspaces, meeting rooms, conference suites and the convenience of on-site amenities, which are ideal for Manchester’s international business community.”
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, added: “Society complements the established neighbourhood of vibrant communities in this part of the city and marks an exciting new era for the building and a creative re-imagining of an established working environment, which Manchester’s business community will no doubt embrace.”
The plans for Society are still in their early stages so a finish date is yet to be announced – but you can stay posted with updates over on their website.
FIRST LOOK: Take a peek inside Manchester’s rescued and transformed Victorian warehouses
The buildings are now part of KAMPUS, an upcoming neighbourhood just minutes from Piccadilly Station
New images have revealed the incredible transformation inside two of Manchester’s Grade-II listed Victorian shipping warehouses that were once destined for demolition.
Despite once being two of the most recognised buildings in the city, Minshull Warehouse and Minto & Turner were almost destroyed after being abandoned and left to stand derelict for decades.
But now, after being listed for their historical significance, they’ve been given an eclectic new lease of life courtesy of property developers HBD & CAPITAL&CENTRIC, who have transformed the buildings into swanky new apartments located in the upcoming neighbourhood KAMPUS.
The loft-style apartments – which are now available to rent, by the way – have retained many of the buildings’ rustic and historic features, including original cast iron columns and indoor exposed brickwork.
The ground floors also feature commercial spaces adorned with items from the buildings’ vast history, including a cast iron hydraulic packing press, an ornate cast iron weighing machine and cast iron maker’s plate, all dating as far back as the 1860s.
Adam Brady at HBD said of the new apartments: “Out of all our plans at KAMPUS, we’re asked the most about the restoration of these Victorian warehouses. There’s something so powerful about them, their former life and the history their bricks hold.
These buildings were once derelict and at real risk of being lost forever. It was so important we took time to sensitively restore them and preserve as many original features for the next generation of Mancunians. These amazing buildings were a key part of Manchester’s industrial history and people now have the chance to call them home.”
Residents in the new flats will have access to a private gym with free weights, cardio and core equipment and a yoga studio, as well as a twenty-four hour concierge service. Amenities like dog walking, dry cleaning, a private cinema, lounge, dining room will also be on offer.
KAMPUS, which is located right next to Canal Street in Manchester’s Gay Village and just minutes from Piccadilly Station, has become well known for using a mix of old and new buildings to comprise its community.
The neighbourhood itself has an endless choice of bars, restaurants and events, such as local gems like the General Store, Cornerstone, Nell’s and Bread Flower. And not to mention the newly reborn Little David Street, which runs down the middle of the renovated buildings.
The flats are available to rent now and require no deposit – click here to book a viewing.