Manner submits plans to regenerate iconic Hotspur Press into PBSA

Manner submits a planning application to regenerate the iconic Hotspur Press into a purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme.

Concept image of the proposed The Hotspur Press development in Manchester | Manner | PBSA News
Concept image of the proposed The Hotspur Press development in Manchester.

Regenerative developer Manner submits planning to Manchester City Council to bring the Hotspur Press in the Oxford Road Corridor back to life, proposing a PBSA scheme.

The proposed scheme on Manchester’s Cambridge Street, which will preserve much of the existing brick façade and celebrate the heritage of the building, includes 36-storeys of student accommodation, a new public square, and connected public realm improvements for the wider community. It will deliver 578 student study-bedrooms with a range of amenities, including shared study areas and communal spaces.

The Hotspur Press scheme will be designed to draw upon a design philosophy that respects the heritage of the area by incorporating a range of low to zero carbon technologies, creating a modern yet sustainable building. The car free proposals will achieve an environment performance rating of Excellent.

Manner also aims to create a new community-focused public square with a connection to First Street. Promoting thriving independent businesses is also a key aspect of the scheme and will be featured within the ground floor of the building. Alongside this, the public realm will be opened-up by planting new trees and with the ambition to enhance the adjacent River Medlock – enriching the wildlife and biodiversity of the area.

Ideally situated close to The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, Hotspur Press is set to provide much-needed student accommodation in the city centre.

The proposed building has been designed by Hodder + Partners with Macgregor Smith advising on landscape design and Turley acting as planning consultant. Manner will be working with national student accommodation management company Fresh Student Living, who are preparing a bespoke management plan for the proposed scheme.

Members of the public were invited to share their views on the proposal in October and November. The project team hosted an online webinar, where information about the Hotspur Press regeneration was available on a consultation website. People were also invited to complete an online survey.

There remains an ongoing dialogue with local resident groups to provide further feedback on additional matters – including the management of the development and construction process.

“Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the community engagement and taken the time to provide feedback on our plans. The feedback gathered during the consultation has helped to shape the proposals further.

“We’re proud to be bringing forward this proposal for The Hotspur Press. The building is in a prime, sustainable area of the city centre, within walking distance of Manchester’s universities, while also close to the social and cultural offer this part of the city has on its doorstep.

“Working with Hodder + Partners, we have been able to bring our shared experience to preserve much of the iconic façade, recognising that The Hotspur Press is an important part of Manchester’s industrial past. Its regeneration will provide an opportunity to deliver a new public space for the area, and our aspiration is to create an attractive and accessible space for residents and neighbours to enjoy.”

Richard James, Managing Director (MD), Manner

Following submission of the planning application, Manner will continue discussions with the local community around the detail of the public realm as the scheme progresses through planning.