We are sharing details about the proposals for One Medlock Street and plans for the public spaces around the proposed buildings.
The One Medlock Street scheme is being designed by renowned Manchester-based Jon Matthews Architects who has designed a number of high-profile developments in the city including Axis (residential, Deansgate Locks), Oxygen (residential, Piccadilly, under construction) and Brazennose House (commercial, city centre, under construction). The public ream strategy is being designed by leading landscape architects and masterplanners Planit-IE. Both Jon Matthews Architects and Planit-IE are also involved in other developments in the First Street SRF area, helping to create synergy between the proposals.
New high-quality homes
One Medlock Street will provide around 370, 1–2 bedroom apartments in a gateway location within Manchester city centre. The building will be 41 storeys high and is designed to create a gateway into the city.
The proposed homes will be managed by an experienced management company and a concierge will be on call 24/7 to provide security.
New office space
We are proposing a modern and innovative workspace that will provide up to 36,506 sqm of flexible office space over 13 floors. The building is located on the eastern side of the site, fronting Medlock Street, and will deliver a city facing business cluster that offers office and shared working space. The building will provide entrances and create an active frontage and street scene along Medlock Street.
The proposals would deliver two new landmark buildings which will connect with and continue to build upon the transformational change of the neighbouring First Street community and the surrounding works at the Medlock/Mancunian Way junction.
A number of design principles have been used to guide the evolution of proposals which are summarised below:
- The proposed buildings have been set back from the road to provide public space on River Street.
- The height of the buildings step up towards the Mancunian Way, to complement the tall buildings already established along the city’s ring road, with lower heights toward River Street and Medlock Street.
- Two separate buildings are proposed at different heights, to provide separation and create an attractive skyline.
- A mixture of materials is proposed for the residential building which complement the neighbouring buildings along River Street, and the surrounding tall buildings. The proposals for the office building include external steel, inspired by the historic use of the surrounding area which was used for geometers. Materials such as glass are proposed to soften its appearance.
- The scheme will be designed to the highest sustainability standards and will contribute to Manchester’s strategic objective of moving towards Net Zero Carbon by 2030.
- The proposals have been designed to create an active frontage onto Medlock Street, including additional planting to create an attractive and interesting space at street level.
- Interaction between the two proposed buildings is created through the inclusion of roof terraces, which provide open amenity space for those living and working there.
- The scheme has been designed to encourage active travel, through the inclusion of cycle parking and storage for future residents and visitors to the office space.
Above: The proposed residential building will be stepped up, with the height away from City South facing the Mancunian Way
Above: The taller element of the residential building will consist of full height clear double glazed units.
Above: Northern element of the residential building will consist of polished concrete cladding with full height double glazed units.
Landscaping and public realm improvements are a key part of the proposals for One Medlock Street. An active frontage will be provided facing Medlock Street at street level, providing a connection to the street and improving the current conditions of the site, which is outdated and in need of improvement.
A detailed public realm strategy is being prepared by Planit-IE. Planit-IE are also involved in wider public realm schemes in the First Street SRF, helping to create synergy between the proposals. The aspiration of the plan is to provide new enhanced areas of public realm, connecting positively to the wider area and encouraging movement both to and across the site.
The plan includes the narrowing of the carriageway to River Street to facilitate an arrival gardens containing; a pocket park, tree planting, areas for seating and a linear rain garden, which will incorporate sustainable drainage and an ecologically diverse planting scheme.
The proposal includes the reinstatement of the former Edge Street, providing physical pedestrian connections through the site, space for on-site residents parking bays nestled within tree planting and feature ornamental planting.
A number of images are provided illustrating the current public realm features located within the wider First Street area, which this scheme aspires to continue in delivering a similar high quality finish and robust landscape.