The Manchester New Square development, owned by Urban & Civic, is an exciting new residential site located within the heart of Manchester City, due for completion in 2020. The three individually designed 12-15 storey buildings, set around a landscaped square, comprise 351 one, two and three bedroom apartments and will regenerate a city centre site that has remained derelict for more than a decade. Ground floor levels will comprise complimentary retail, restaurant and ancillary uses to create a new vibrant square. Beneath the development already lies the deepest basement in Manchester city. Comprising of four storeys, it will provide multi storey car parking facilities with mechanical ventilation and plant space provision integrated within.
Lively bustling city centre location
Located at the junction of Whitworth Street and Princess Street, the site is bordered predominantly by Victorian Warehouse buildings that have been converted to residential apartments to the east and to the south, the site comprises one of the most established residential communities within the city centre. This strategic location means that it has excellent access to public transport links, including both Piccadilly and Oxford Road Railways and a wide range of bus services to all destinations within Greater Manchester. It is also conveniently placed within walking distance of all of the services and facilities that Manchester City Centre has to offer.
However, this prime location at the centre of a vibrant community is not without its challenges. The proximity of the development to the lively Gay Village and the bustling Whitworth Street and Princess Street junction, will see Ramboll delivering solutions to overcome problematic acoustics, ventilation and air quality issues.
BIM enabling sympathetic MEP integration
The development also has to be designed in such a way so as to comply with the latest Manchester City Council planning requirements and the exacting standards of signature architects SimpsonHaugh and Partners. Using BIM, Ramboll will carefully coordinate the services and structural design, which has already resulted in the sympathetic integration of the MEP services within this landmark building. Ramboll will be providing building services, sustainability, ventilation, mechanical, electrical, façade, vertical transportation and fire & safety services.