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Boddingtons Brewery's £175m revamp gets green light

A 556-home mixed-use development in central Manchester has been given the planning go-ahead from the council.

The £175m scheme on the site of the former Boddingtons Brewery will include 40,000 sq ft of retail and commercial space, along with the 556 homes – 375 of which are built-to-rent properties.

Construction on the development known as Old Brewery Gardens will begin in Q2 2019, with the scheme opening in 2021.

The project represents the first built-to-rent scheme from developer Capital Partners in the region, with the design for the property coming from Assael Architecture.

Boddingtons’ Manchester brewery was demolished in 2007 after the beer brand’s Belgian parent company decided to relocate Boddingtons beer-making operations to other facilities across the UK.

A masterplan for a £250m mixed-use development – featuring a 20-storey tower, public square, 480 new homes and a college – had been approved by the council in 2007.

However, the onset of the recession meant work failed to get under way on the plans.

John Cooper, partner at Deloitte who worked as part of the planning team, said: “The scheme is a significant investment into central Manchester, transforming a previously vacant site into a hive of activity and acting as a catalyst for further regeneration in the area.

“The diverse offering of the project, blending residential uses with flexible commercial and retail space, will make Old Brewery Gardens a prime example of what build-to-rent can provide the booming regional cities.”

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