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Beswick, Manchester

Capita Symonds – Structures
Alan Johnston Partnership – Structures
Camlin Lonsdale – Landscapes
TPM Landscape - Landscapes

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The aspirations of the development were to create a residential environment that encompassed the vibrancy and freedom of aesthetic seen in much of the city of Manchester’s recent renaissance.

This was fulfilled by providing flexible open plan living, natural light penetration to the depth of the plan and a pallet of quality modern materials.

Producing identifiably modern family houses with the benefit of secure communal parking and play areas with generous private garden spaces.

The development comprises 426 houses and 60 apartments (in 2 blocks) to Code For Sustainable Homes Level 3.

The houses utilise SIP (Structural Insulated Panel) technology where the panels are manufactured off site and erected in a very short timescale, allowing ongoing internal trades to continue while rainscreen claddings are applied externally.

Micro, Combined Heat and Power units are installed in each home combined with whole house ventilation technology with heat recovery.


Each building has 30 one and two bedroom open plan apartments arranged in two wings either side of a glazed and louvred central space with access to the apartments across bridge link walkways.

The elevations continue the themes used in the adjacent housing schemes with the use of white render, zinc and larch boarding and projecting glass bay windows. The southern elevation to Ashton Old Road is shaded by a feature 'wing' of louvres which wraps over the elevation and over the upper penthouse duplex apartment, creating a dynamic frontage to the development.