Plans to convert Fallowfield’s brutalist landmark into space age flats has been approved by the city council.
The Toast Rack was built in 1960, designed by architect Leonard Cecil Howitt. The site will be remembered by generations of Manchester Metropolitan University students who called it their home until the site was vacated in Autumn 2013 as part of the university’s plan to unify all their students into a centralised city campus.
The site, which is the size of four football pitches, was sold by the university to Estrela Properties in 2014 and will be developed by ‘Generation Ltd’ who have big plans for the plot. The plans include 200 new flats, over 170 parking spaces, a large 20,000 sq ft gym and 7,000 sq ft of retail space. The site’s transformation is also set to include coffee shops and co-working spaces; a glass covered winter garden; grassed play areas plus a play area for children, and all topped off with a rooftop garden.
The first phase of the development, which will be a full refurbishment and extension of the existing buildings, is expected to be finished by 2018. The second phase is a brand new iconic building at the back of the 3.7 acre site.
For more details and some stunning digital sketches of what the site might look like, visit the ‘Generation Ltd’ website. Appetite for this kind of housing product seems to be high and it looks like it will remain strong in the Manchester suburbs. We, at Around Town Flats, can’t wait to see how it’ll turn out!