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Comprising three blocks, this development containing 729 en-suite bedrooms, spiralling in height from 13 to 17 storeys, creating a central courtyard for residents. The blocks are unified at ground level by two glazed podium spaces containing the reception, management suite and a commercial space.

The outer façades of each block are clad in different, contrasting materials giving each a sense of individuality whilst the treatment of all the courtyard elevations, the form of the buildings and language of the cladding unify the development.

Project information

  • Client

    Downing Developments

  • Status


  • Area

    21,923 sq m

  • Start


  • Completion


  • Consultants

    Structural Engineer: Halcrow Yolles
    Building Services Engineer: WSP
    Main Contractor: George Downing Construction

  • Elements

    729 student bedrooms
    2,392 sq m retail space
    Central courtyard
    2 glazed podium spaces
    BREEAM “Very Good” rating

  • Awards

    RICS North West: Best Residential Building 2009
    Manchester Society of Architects: Overall Winner 2009
    Manchester Society of Architects: Large Residential Category 2009
    Manchester Confidential: Best New Building 2008