Revised Hotspur Press Proposals UnveiledMCR Property Group
Plans for the redevelopment of Manchester’s historic Hotspur Press buildings have been unveiled.
Elmloch, a joint venture between MCR Property Group and Blue Dog Property Group, has showcased its intentions for the 19th century site after revised plans were drawn up following a consultation in February 2018.
The new proposals include retaining the original 1880s curved warehouse and faithfully restoring its iconic signage, meaning the classic view of the building from Gloucester Street will remain. A new-build, mixed-use tower would be built behind the façade, incorporating one- and two-bedroom apartments and four commercial units on the ground floor.
Completing the project team for the development are Deloitte, Hodder + Partners and Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture.
Nick Lake, fund manager on behalf of Elmloch, said: “After the initial consultation, we got a first-hand account of the historical and cultural significance of the Hotspur Press to the Manchester public. We listened to attendees and carefully considered their comments to re-evaluate our ambitious plans for the site.
“What we’ve designed maintains the fabric of the original buildings, helping to preserve it for generations to come, while introducing modern elements that enhance the space and providing much-needed city centres homes.”
Stephen Hodder on behalf of Hodder + Partners added: “This is a compelling development and our proposals seek to retain the most valuable elements of the building. Hotspur Press is more than simply the building: the site is an important gateway from the south along Cambridge Street and from First Street to the city.”
Hotspur Press was originally a cotton warehouse named Medlock Mill. It sits behind Oxford Road station and is one of the city centre’s most distinctive reminders of Manchester’s industrial past.