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Cornbrook Hub Manchester Waters | Castlefield
Apartments/Hotel/Aparthotel | Manchester


  • Address: Cornbrook Hub, Castlefield, Manchester

  • Architect: Leach Rhodes Walker Hotel/Aparthotel; Sheppard Robson Residential

  • Ground floor commercial space: 373sqm

  • Floors: 11-15

  • No. of apartments: 280 / No.of Hotel rooms: 242

  • Developer/s: Glenbrook CB Limited and Peel Land (Intermediate) Limited

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118625/FO/2017 | Full planning application for the erection of a part 14, part 15 storey building to form 280 residential apartments (C3a) together with ground floor commercial unit (373 sqm) (Use Classes A1, A2 or A3) with associated car parking, landscaping, public realm and other associated works following demolition of existing buildings and; Outline planning application (with all matters reserved) for the erection of part 11, part 15 building to form a 154 bed hotel and 88 bed apart-hotel building (Use Class C1) together with a single storey retail building (140 sqm) (Use Classes A1, A2, A3, A4 or A5) with associated public realm, car parking, and other associated works following demolition of existing buildings | Land Bounded By Dinton Street, Cornbrook Road, Chester Road And Trentham Street Manchester M15 4FX

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This looks like preparation for a piling mat to me.
2018-09-14CornbrookHub4 by Andrew Roberts, on Flickr
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Haven't got the pic but saw a piling rig on site this afternoon. Didn't see if it was in action though.
Got a pic of the piling rig this morning, will post when I get home
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It's interesting that this is cased piling, which I haven't seen before on a building in the city centre. Reading the geo-tech report on the PA, the bedrock is weathered sandstone at only 5-6m depth. This suggests that such a surface is unreliable for foundations, so they're likely having to bore into the rock until they reach a solid layer. Cased piling helps with this, apparently helping it cut into the rock.
Taken today
As seen yesterday from atop Cornbrook station

Taken on the 18th

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So when is the site next door <<<<<< going to be started?
Sounds like we will shortly be getting two more cranes at Cornbrook.

Prepping the bases at Cornbrook, new additions for the #Manchester crane survey coming soon!
Is all the work happening now just for the apartments element then? Looks like quite a big plot they're working on, but from scanning the thread doesn't seem there's been a planning application for the hotel?
Yes currently just for the two apartment blocks. Hotel only has outline permission. No planning app yet.
Is all the work happening now just for the apartments element then? Looks like quite a big plot they're working on, but from scanning the thread doesn't seem there's been a planning application for the hotel?
Deal for £57m 280-apartment build to rent scheme announced

Manchester-based property and investment company Glenbrook has entered into a joint venture with Barings Real Estate, part of Barings LLC, one of the world’s largest diversified real estate investment managers to acquire and develop a site in Cornbrook, Manchester to deliver a £57m 280-unit BTR (built to rent) scheme.

This deal marks the second BTR scheme acquired by Barings in the UK, following its acquisition of The Keel, on Liverpool’s Waterfront, where Glenbrook will continue to act as development partner.

On completion, the property in Cornbrook will consist of 280 apartments, including 93 one-bed, 172 two-bed, and 15 three-bed units, across two 14-storey buildings designed by Sheppard Robson.

The scheme has been designed for the rental market, and will include a resident’s lounge and gardens, together with a gym and yoga studio, all located on the top-floor of the development.

A convenience retail store will be located on the ground floor.

The property is adjacent to Cornbrook Metrolink Station, one of the busiest metro stations in the city, with direct access to Manchester city centre, MediaCityUK, Manchester Airport, and the Etihad Campus.

Contractor Graham Construction commenced works in August, with completion expected for October 2020.

Ian Sherry, director at Glenbrook said: “Glenbrook are pleased to be continuing our development of BTR accommodation in the region having almost 1,000 homes under construction in the North West with a similar number due to start on site next year.

“Barings’ investment requirements for this sector and Glenbrook’s proven ability to identify and execute these transactions was a natural fit and we look forward to developing this partnership further.”

Darren Hutchinson, Barings managing director and head of UK real estate transactions, said: “Cornbrook is an especially attractive opportunity for Barings to continue our relationship with Glenbrook in the thriving centre of Manchester, and represents our second significant current development in the city following on the heels of Landmark, St Peter’s Square.

“Cornbrook is one of two major commitments to the sector this year and reflects a growing appetite for institutional investors to address the structural imbalances created by decades of under-supply in residential housing, declining average household sizes, and a significant increase in the number of people renting.

“Glenbrook’s experience and track record of developing schemes for institutions makes it an increasingly attractive partnership as we look to grow in this region and sector.”

Barings Alternative Investments (BAI), is a 470+ associate team located across 11 countries that manages $49.3bn in client capital.

BAI seeks differentiated sources of returns by incorporating decades of investment experience in alternative assets offering investors access to a diverse range of opportunities across private equity, real assets, asset-based investments and the four quadrants of real estate.

It serves as a trusted partner to clients, leveraging its global presence and robust origination capabilities to identify the most attractive risk-adjusted return opportunities.

As a leading global real estate investor and asset manager, the Barings real estate team offers a broad range of investment opportunities across the public and private debt and equity markets, investing across property sectors with a focus on global relative value and trend-backed preferred strategies.

The investment is on behalf of a North American institutional investor.
I'll keep tabs on this providing I can see in the dark!
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