Manner secures planning for The Hotspur Press PBSA

Manner has secured planning permission to redevelop The Hotspur Press to provide purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA).

CGI of the Courtyard at The Hotspur Press. Manner has secured planning to redevelop the site | PBSA News
CGI of the Courtyard at The Hotspur Press. Manner has secured planning to redevelop the site.

Plans to redevelop The Hotspur Press have been approved by Manchester City Council today (Thursday 30 May). The scheme – brought forward by Manner – was unanimously approved by the Planning Committee following the submission of updated plans in April this year.

Designed by Hodder + Partners, Macgregor Smith advised on the landscape design, Turley acted as planning consultant and Social advised on community engagement.       

The scheme will deliver 595 student bedrooms across a 37-storey tower, a new public square and connected public realm improvements for the wider community. Manner will preserve much of the existing brick exterior of The Hotspur Press, which celebrates the heritage of the building.

As well as restoring the historic façade of this iconic building, the approved plans will create a new community-focused public square, a public realm, and planting new trees, with the ambition to enhance the adjacent River Medlock – enriching the wildlife and biodiversity of the area. 

The scheme will also promote thriving independent businesses that will bring a special character and energy to the area within the ground floor of the building and the railway arches. 

“We are delighted to have secured planning permission for the redevelopment of The Hotspur Press. 

“We are confident the redevelopment and the creation of a new public square, independent outlets and public art, will be a fantastic addition to this part of the city centre – delivering a range of benefits for the local community as well as much needed accommodation for students.”

Richard James, Managing Director, Manner
CGI of the proposed Hotspur Press development | PBSA News
CGI of the proposed Hotspur Press development.

Over recent months, Manner engaged with the local community to help shape and develop its plans for the public realm within its development footprint – as well as to explore ideas of ways to celebrate the cultural heritage of The Hotspur Press and the surrounding redeveloped mill buildings. 

Manner is now actively looking for independent operators to occupy The Hotspur Press building’s ground floor commercial space. The developer is targeting organisations that fit with its aspirations for The Hotspur Press and that will bring something different to the neighbourhood.   

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

Due to complete in time for the 2028 academic year, construction at The Hotspur Press is anticipated to get fully underway in early 2025.

“As we prepare for the construction phase to get underway, we will continue our engagement with the local community and help facilitate opportunities to develop plans that will celebrate the historical and cultural significance of this part of the city centre.” 

Richard James, Managing Director, Manner

Manner, part of an award-winning development group, has over 30 years’ experience delivering regenerative city centre residential and mixed-use schemes.