Manner submits updated plans for The Hotspur Press PBSA

Manner submits updated plans for The Hotspur Press purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) development in Manchester.

Manner's proposed The Hotspur Press student accommodation development in Manchester | PBSA News
Manner's proposed The Hotspur Press student accommodation development in Manchester.

Updated plans for The Hotspur Press building in the Oxford Road Corridor have been submitted by developer Manner to Manchester City Council, following the planning application which was submitted in December 2023.

Located on Cambridge Street, the proposed scheme includes a 36-storey PBSA development, a new public square and connected public realm improvements for the wider community. Manner will also preserve much of the existing brick exterior, celebrating the heritage of the building.  

Slight changes have now been made to the scheme design – mainly relating to the internal layout of the building, including a small reduction in the height and width of the tower. 

“We are excited to be bringing forward what we believe will be a fantastic addition to this part of the city centre – delivering a range of benefits for the local community as well as new accommodation for students.” 

Richard James, Managing Director, Manner

Working within this reduced massing, an additional floor of accommodation would be provided – achieved through a more efficient scheme design – with the development now proposed to provide 595 student bedrooms opposed to the previous 578 bedrooms. The main public square proposal remains unchanged, as does the proposal to retain and restore the main exterior of The Hotspur Press. 

The proposed building has been designed by Hodder + Partners with Macgregor Smith advising on landscape design, Turley acting as planning consultant and Social advising on community engagement. 

A central part of the scheme is the ground floor commercial space. Following community feedback, this space has been increased. Manner is now searching for independent operators to occupy the space, which is targeted at company’s that fit with the developer’s aspirations for The Hotspur Press and that will offer something different to the neighbourhood.   

Manner is also in contact with nearby building operators and other partners in the city to explore how The Hotspur Press development can act as a catalyst to further improve pedestrian links and connections across this part of the city centre.  

Plans also include a commitment to set up a Community Liaison Group who will provide information to residents about construction works and then the operation of the building.  

Manchester City Council will be notifying nearby residents during a further statutory period of consultation on the proposals in the coming days. 

“Since we submitted the planning application in December last year, we have been working with the City Council and local resident groups to further improve our plans. 

“These constructive and positive conversations have helped us to better understand how we can make the best possible contribution to the local neighbourhood and ensure the construction process is carefully managed to minimise local disruption.  

“These discussions have been immensely helpful, and we are pleased to be working with the local community to deliver the regeneration of The Hotspur Press.” 

Richard James, Managing Director, Manner

Proposals for The Hotspur Press have been brought forward by Manner, who are part of an award-winning development group which has over 30 years’ experience delivering regenerative city centre residential and mixed-use schemes.