Latest Ardwick Manchester PBSA planning proposals come into view

The existing buildings, which would be demolished, currently provide 28 units that are of 'low quality', according to a planning statement prepared by Iceni.

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Ardwick Manchester PBSA proposal.

Developer Barlowood Holdings is seeking to build on the site of Renshaw House to create a revamped Manchester PBSA scheme.

The company plans to significantly increase the number of student beds on the site, to 92. The existing buildings, which would be demolished, currently provide 28 units of ‘low quality’, according to a planning statement by Iceni.

In their place, the developer would build a four- to six-storey building providing 14 cluster flats and three studios. The development, designed by GWP Architecture, would also offer 1,700 sq ft of commercial space.

E3P, TPM Landscape, Eddisons, and Burrows Graham are also advising on the scheme. Mia James, owned by Barlowood director James Barlow, is the project manager.


The planning proposal requests the erection of building part four, part five, part six storey building comprising PBSA with associated access, parking, cycle storage , landscaping, and other ancillary works following the demolition of the existing building.

The site is situated in a largely residential area to the south-east of Manchester city centre. The plot of land is bound by Plymouth Grove to the north-east and Hyde Grove to the south-east.

Adjacent to the western boundary of the site is a former church, recently converted to student accommodation. To the north-west is a car park and external storage area associated with the Manchester Blood Donor Centre.

The site itself is made up of two main elements, an area of lawn with a tree-lined boundary to the east (providing the frontage to Plymouth Grove), and Renshaw House, a late 20th century/early 21st century building formerly used as a Methodist church, and now providing
PBSA, to the west.

The planning document sets out the key project goals and objectives.

“To provide a high-quality, eco-friendly living environment tailored to the needs of modern students.
“To contribute positively to the local community through aesthetic enhancements and sustainable practices.
“To prioritise safety, efficiency, and minimal environmental impact throughout the construction phase.
“To establish a new benchmark in PBSA, offering unparalleled amenities and living conditions for students.
“Renshaw House raises the bar with its Solar Green Roof, meeting 2021’s Part L Compliance for energy and
ecology. It aims for a net biodiversity gain, adding an outdoor canopy and convenient laundry facilities.
These enhancements spotlight our commitment to sustainable, practical student living.”

Mia James Construction & Interiors

Student housing

The site is located in an area that has seen several student schemes come forward in recent months. To the south is Empiric’s Victoria Point which could grow by over 300 units under recently submitted plans. To the north is WUKPG’s Plymouth Grove, a 263-bed scheme

This proposal comes as Manchester is experiencing a severe shortage of PBSA as the number of students in the city continues to grow, whilst the supply of new rooms remains years away.

According to a report published by Manchester City Council, the city has one of the largest student populations in Europe. It is estimated over 120,000 people study at Greater Manchester’s five universities.