Private rented residential scheme keys into existing housing stock and local context
OMI Architects for One Manchester
Contract value: £7.5m
Cost per m2: £1,835
Central to this private rented sector residential development on a former council-owned site was its ability to be keyed into the existing housing stock and respect the Hulme community and context. It comprises 67 apartments across three buildings, ranging in height from 4-5 storeys, around a landscaped communal courtyard. Care has been taken to match the scale of existing homes, and emphasis on wellbeing through daylighting, landscape, generous private and communal external spaces and sustainability. Blocks offer active frontages to the streets, and gable ends open out onto generous balconies supported on concrete frames, staggered to maximise daylight and views. The material palette is simple and robust; buff textured brick, natural precast concrete and smooth faced black brick detailing.