A new mixed-use development will emerge from a gap site in Manchester’s Northern Quarter following approval from the City Council.
Developers Kamani Commercial Property have received the green light for their scheme at 25-27 Dale Street which will comprise five floors of office accommodation with commercial space to the ground floor and basement levels.
The building has been designed by architects Falconer Chester Hall to be complementary to the neighbouring listed buildings but with a contemporary feel. It is also a modern interpretation of the building which previously stood on the site.
The site was previously occupied by a Grade 2 Listed warehouse, symmetrical with the adjoining building. The building had to be pulled down following a severe fire in 2007. The new building includes the reinstatement of the central tower which is a key feature of the entire block.
`We were aware of the sensitivity of the site as it is part of the Stevenson Square Conservation Area and we wanted to bring forward a scheme that was respectful of its local context,’ said David George of Falconer Chester Hall.
`We have maintained a constructive dialogue with the City Council throughout the process in order to arrive at a suitable design solution.’
The liaison with the local authority was led by Zerum who are the planning consultants on the project.
The Dale Street frontage will be a modern reflection of the regularly-patterned warehouse buildings which are found throughout the area. The fifth floor will be set back to lessen its visual impact from street level.
The site is currently in use as a surface car park.
Consultants on the project include:
Architect: Falconer Chester Hall
Planning consultant: Zerum