Huge plans for new £50 million Ancoats neighborhood with canalside apartments, town houses and new café bar


A brand new neighborhood could be built in Ancoats in 2023 as part of a big project by two renowned Manchester-based property developers. Plans to create a vibrant canalside community at Manchester’s Ancoats Works have been submitted to Manchester City Council by developers Capital&Centric and Kamani Property Group.

The £50 million project, which will be built in what is currently an unused storage depot, will feature canalside apartments, town houses, gardens and a new café bar or store. A new image has now been released to show the proposed designs which include 193 homes, with a mix of 1 and 2-bed apartments, 3-bed duplexes and townhouses fronting onto Carruthers Street.

The Ancoats neighborhood is the second collaboration between the two Manchester-based developers, who joined forces on plans for a site on Swan Street in the Northern Quarter, approved by Manchester City Council in 2021.

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The two companies want to breathe modern life into the historic site with a fusion between old and new. The developers plan to keep the front exterior of Ancoats Works and add a modern twist to the red-brick buildings that once dominated the industrial area.

Restoring the current canalside is also part of the plan with new lighting and planting as part of a vibrant new garden. There are also plans for a ‘striking space for the community to hangout’ which could be either a new store or café bar. If approved, work could start on site in early 2023.

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The site is currently an unused storage unit

Adam Kamani, CEO at Kamani Property, said: “We think this community will be a really vibrant addition to Ancoats as it grows.

“The design strikes the perfect blend between old and new – retaining parts of the historic building with the iconic ‘Ancoats Works’ signage, whilst creating design-led homes on what’s currently a pretty unloved, industrial site.

“As well as new homes, we plan to deliver stunning outdoor spaces and improve the canalside, making the space much more welcoming with real character.”

The current Ancoats works

Adam Higgins, co-founder at Capital&Centric, alongside Tim Heatley, added: “At our communities in Piccadilly East and Kampus, we’ve seen first-hand that Manchester’s diverse neighborhoods are attracting a real mix of people wanting to put down roots in the city.

“More and more, young families, retirees and downsizers are wanting to call the city home, as well as the more stereotypical young professionals.

“Ancoats Works responds to that, with a mix of townhouses and apartments to help foster a diverse neighborhood, as well as spaces like the corner café bar and gardens where a genuine community can bond and grow. We’re excited about getting going.”

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