The £250 million development currently under construction at Aytoun Street will be the city’s newest neighbourhood and will transform the former Manchester Metropolitan University site, as newly released images showcasing the canal-side central garden at KAMPUS show.
Two floors of independent bars, restaurants and shops will frame the garden. The Grade II listed Minto & Turner and Minshull House buildings will provide a historic backdrop, while the Bungalow – a salvaged concrete box on stilts overlooking the Rochdale canal – will be a pop-up events space.
KAMPUS will house 533 apartments in two new blocks, two heritage warehouses and the existing brutalist 60s tower, once home to Manchester Metropolitan University. The new neighbourhood will also feature a new square off Chorlton Street flanked by shops and cafes. The cobbled Little David Street will also be restored as a shop-lined alley, with outdoor seating.
Workers have already been on site for over 18 months, with the project currently on track to complete in 2020.
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