The Design


The scheme is inspired by the history of the area and its location adjacent to John Hetherington and Sons Ancoats Works where metal parts for the cotton weaving machinery were manufactured. The scheme’s design has been inspired by the skilled moulders who worked at these metal works and who frequented the Moulders Arms on Heyrod Street. The architectural concept is taken from the moulding boxes and straps that they used to create the metal parts.

Active ground floor and amenity space

A variety of different size commercial spaces will be available to lease at ground floor, including smaller retail units that will attract start-ups and independent businesses. 

The main entrance to the development will be located off the public square, with a secondary entrance on Longacre Street. Amenity space for residents will be provided at ground and first floor, offering a variety of different spaces for residents to enjoy from lounge areas to a gym.

Illustrative view of active ground floor uses fronting onto The Square


Brickwork is proposed which responds to the strong but varied presence this building material within Manchester city centre. Subtle changes in the brickwork and detailing will be introduced to articulate the façade, create interest at ground level and reference the strong industrial heritage which is prevalent in the local area.

Roof terraces

External landscaped terraces will be provided at first floor, with views overlooking the public realm. A further amenity space and landscape roof terrace is proposed on 21st floor. This will offer a sunny landscaped space and have fantastic views overlooking the Manchester skyline and beyond.


Packaged Living are committed to creating a sustainable development at Heyrod Street, supporting Manchester City Council’s move towards zero-carbon buildings. We are keen to ensure that our building is heated and cooled using efficient green technology and where possible, will be looking to reduce embodied carbon in our material selection.

The health and well-being of our residents is also hugely important and has been carefully considered through the design of our internal and external amenity spaces. Three landscaped roof gardens will provide attractive, outdoor space for residents to enjoy. We are committed to supporting sustainable forms of transport and the move away from reliance on car ownership – ensuring bike storage provision for at least one space per apartment and electric car/car club initiatives.