FIRST LOOK: Inside the £250m Garden Neighbourhood with Amsterdam-style Rooftop Village

New images have been revealed of KAMPUS in the city centre...

By Manchester's Finest | 16 March 2021

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In case you’ve been wondering what all the activity at the top of Canal Street has been for the last couple of years, KAMPUS is the new £250m garden neighbourhood that’s been developed by Capital & Centric and HBD.

The first phase of KAMPUS is now complete, with one and two bedroom apartments available to rent in the ‘North Block‘.

It’s the first of five individual buildings at KAMPUS, and it certainly makes a bold new addition to the city’s skyline, what with its distinctive pixel windows, Lancashire red brick, exposed concrete features and the ‘Rooftop Village‘ of Amsterdam-inspired Dutch Houses that sit atop it.

The Dutch Houses are a re-imagining of the traditional concept of penthouses, with high ceilings, panoramic views across the city and HUGE suntrap terraces.

Inside the Dutch Houses

Dutch House

Inside KAMPUS it’s all about clean design and sharp interiors crafted by Dezeen award-winning YOUTH Studio.

Liam McGroarty, co-Founder at YOUTH said: “We wanted them to feel like home, somewhere you can make your own, so the design is understated with simple details – wall colours that add warm tones, floor colours that don’t dictate what you do with the space, furniture made from natural materials. It’s not a white box, but neither is it too much. You bring your own style.”

The building, along with its sister South Block, sits alongside two beautiful Victorian shipping warehouses and a 1960s brutalist tower. At the heart of KAMPUS lies a canal-side garden, full of trees, plants and flowers, and open to everyone.

It will also be a home for the city’s creatives and independents with two floors of independent bars, restaurants and shops.

Adam Brady, Executive Director at HBD: “Each building at KAMPUS has its own distinct character. So whether you fancy living in a rooftop village with unbeatable views across the city or an exposed brick loft is more your thing, we’ve got something for everyone.


“There’ll be loads of places for you to meet your neighbours. As KAMPUS grows you’ll find independent shops, bars and eateries by the lush garden. You can catch a film in the rooftop cinema, host a dinner party or have drinks in the lounge or join in a yoga class on the terrace. We’ve even got the Bungalow – an ex-security cabin on stilts overlooking the canal which is our village hall.”

With no deposit or hidden fees, pet friendly and tenancies from 12 months to 3 years, prices start at £1,225 for a 1-bed apartment and £1580 for a 2-bed. Along with super-fast broadband, a resident’s app and 24-hour on-site team, other resident perks include a gym, yoga terrace, private cinema and dining room.


All 533 apartments at KAMPUS are for rent with the other buildings becoming available later this year.

Apartments in North Block are available to move in from April.

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