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40 Swan Street\

Colour and canvas

118 distinctive new homes on a gateway site to the Northern Quarter and New Cross, including a shared rooftop garden, basement pool and a 25m art canvas.

40 Swan Street is a new residential-led mixed-use development providing approximately 120 new homes within Manchester City centre. Sitting on a prominent site opposite Mackie Mayor, the scheme provides an ideal opportunity for a new landmark that celebrates the gateway between the Northern Quarter and New Cross.

The scheme offers generous amounts of shared amenity space for residents, from basement level space that features a spa and swimming pool, to a shared landscaped roof terrace on the ninth level. These communal areas are designed to be an extension of the home – easily accessible and desirable for residents to spend time in.

The challenge

It was crucial that the proposed design complimented local historic landmarks - such as Mackie Mayor -while also carving a new, contemporary approach to creating distinct, identifiable homes within the city centre.

The big idea

The scheme reengages with the historic urban grid, reinstating the urban block along Mason, Cable and Cross Keys Streets while generating interest and relief to Swan Street. The massing has been carefully articulated to give the scheme a distinctive and recognisable character, responding to the adjacent stepped massing and variety of building forms along Swan Street. The coloured feature panels also add a playful and intriguing contrast and detail to the façade.

The ground floor level offers double height commercial space facing onto Swan Street and extends the active commercial frontage along both Mason Street and Cable Street. At ground level a landscaped route to the residential entrance generates an active and accessible frontage to Swan Street.

Project Summary

Project Team

  • Planning Consultant – Avison Young
  • Structural Engineer – Booth King Partnership
  • Services Engineer – Watt Energy
  • Fire Engineer – BB7
  • Project Manager – CINNS

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