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Saturday19 August 2017

Manchester's Toast Rack to be converted into flats

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Two architects submit plans for private rented sector project

Manchester practices Ollier Smurthwaite and SixTwo Architects have submitted plans to turn the city’s famous Toast Rack into private rental flats.

The distinctive grade II building was designed in 1958 by Leonard Cecil Howitt as a catering college facility for Manchester Metropolitan University. It has lain empty since the university shut its Hollings Campus in Fallowfield in 2013. A year later it was sold for £5 million.

The planning application, for developer Generation Ltd and PRS newcomer The Home Property Group, proposes 210 one-, two-, three- and four-bed flats, 1,800sq m of leisure facilities, 650sq m of retail and co-working spaces and a number of amenity spaces including a roof garden.

Ollier Smurthwaite designed the new-build elements - the Stitching block and the Gateway building. SixTwo Architects redesigned the existing listed buildings - the Toast Rack, the Horseshoe and the Drum.

The scheme has been shaped by public consultation and guidance from the 20th Century Society, Manchester Modernist Society, Places Matter and Historic England.

 

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  • Glad they aren't demolishing this. Although I am probably in the minority I am a fan of the toast rack

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  • Appropriate change of use

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  • Shame the fried egg has gone...

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  • @Mark

    The flying saucer!

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  • One of my favourite buildings in Manchester.

    when are they demolishing the Owens Park tower?
    theyve been threatening to do that for years.

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  • @Antonio

    Not soon enough, I hope it'll be this summer when all the students have gone home

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