Housing Design Awards - Manchester Ceremony

Housing Design Awards - Manchester Ceremony

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Aytoun Street


M1 3GL

United Kingdom

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The second half of 2022 HDAs' presentations and learning. To be held in adjacent buildings on Aytoun Street, a few minutes' walk from Piccadilly station, there will be a 75 minute sequence of films and animations of 7 winners at either Completed and Project status. The first 75 delegates to sign up will have a chance to look around the conversions of the Minshull and Minto & Turner mills to PRS apartments and the wider Kampus development with its highly regarded new civic square. Formal processings will finish by 7pm, followed by a networking drinks reception in the Kampus courtyard and photocalls for the winners.

4pm Welcome drink

4.30 Ceremony

6pm Walking tours of apartment buildings

7pm Networking drinks

9pm Close

After decades of dereliction, shedkm repurposed two Grade-II listed Victorian warehouses in Manchester, to provide much needed city centre housing for rent. The warehouses, Minshull and Minto & Turner, are part of Kampus, a vibrant new residential garden community by developers HBD and Capital & Centric, adjacent to Manchester’s famous Canal Street and minutes from Piccadilly Station.

shedkm have sensitively restored the warehouses to preserve the best of their historic features such as the original cast iron columns and brickwork, whilst creating 58 contemporary loft style apartments with access to a range of on-site community amenities including gym, yoga studio, and cinema. The scheme focuses on increased connectivity across the site, with active frontages to buildings wherever possible, and a clear sense of placemaking which is pedestrian-friendly, and which effectively delineates public and private spaces.

Key strategic moves were made to residential circulation; with both buildings differing in response to their varying floor plate widths and constraints. The narrow plan form of Minto & Turner was completed with a deck access solution, forming a cloister arrangement with a new external timber clad wall line and original window openings infilled with steel planters to allow the lush planting to extend to a vertical plane. The deep plan of Minshull House adopts a centralised core strategy; with the new steel structure threading through the existing structural elements which minimised demolition works. Residential levels are vertically connected via a new lift and steel staircase; further emphasising the industrial aesthetic with the latter again working within existing structural bays showcasing the original arrangement and features.

Kampus also reinstates Little David Street, a cobbled street closed off for decades, running between the two buildings. The street has been opened to the public as a lively new thoroughfare with bars, cafes, shops and restaurants.

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