March 27, 2017
Demolition begins at Kampus
Demolition has started today at the Kampus site, the £250million mixed use scheme on Aytoun Street, Manchester city centre.
A joint venture between Henry Boot Developments and Capital & Centric, Kampus will be a distinctive new neighbourhood comprising apartments to rent, artisan bars and restaurants, small scale retail and a ‘secret garden’.
Mount Anvil, appointed earlier this year as contractor for the project, is managing the demolition works.
Two buildings, formerly known as the ‘amenity building’ and the ‘lecture theatre’, will be demolished as part of the redevelopment. Other existing buildings will be retained, including the 1960s Aytoun Tower, a structure fronting Rochdale Canal known as the ‘Bungalow’, and two Grade II listed buildings, Minto and Turner and Minshull House.
The start of demolition follows the granting of planning permission for phase one of the scheme in September 2016, and the subsequent planning application for phase two last month.
Architecture practice Chapman Taylor has also been appointed as the scheme enters the delivery phase, working alongside Henry Boot Developments and Capital & Centric to turn the concept designs for Kampus, produced by architecture practice Mecanoo, into reality.
Adam Brady of Henry Boot Developments, said: “It’s great to see Kampus now moving from concept phase to delivery. The work done during the concept stage of the scheme has been outstanding; we’ve had an amazing response since the plans were announced last year and, with the team now in place for the delivery stage of the project we’re looking forward to turning our vision into reality.”