The proposed residential development for CS Developments represents the next phase in the regeneration of the area. It comprises 282 apartments, split between one, two and three bedroom units, with a reception and a commercial unit activating street level. It recently received planning permission and a start on site is due next month.
Conceptually, the apartments are disposed in two ‘L’ shaped towers which sit on a landscaped podium, the latter responding to meandering River Medlock, the scale of the adjoining Chorlton Mill and railway viaduct.
The external walls will be predominantly white brick, a response to Manchester’s urban structure in which key buildings are articulated materially by the use of Portland Stone. Below entrance datum level the brick will grey with a corresponding matching mortar, the intention being to visually ‘ground’ the buildings. The service cores are articulated and expressed by bronze coloured polyester powder coated metal panels with horizontal profiled joints.
Above podium, the balconies are recessed to emphasise the elemental quality of each tower, whilst affording shelter for residents. Windows are recessed by a brick and a half in response to the deep reveals of the Victorian forbears. Within the podium, balconies project to give visual emphasis to corners.