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A journey into Kampus

It’s only a year until an exciting new neighbourhood will open in Manchester. Combining hundreds of homes with independent businesses and some much-needed green space, KAMPUS will add another spark of life to the heart of the city. We sat down with its co-creators Adam Brady of Henry Boot Developments and Adam Higgins of Capital & Centric to get the low down on what they’re cooking up for Manchester.

“When we set out with KAMPUS we knew it had to be awesome and much more than just another residential development” says Brady looking out over the £250 million construction site. “This was never going to be a bunch of bland, high-rise white boxes. It’s going to be a homegrown neighbourhood which, whether you live there or not, you can come and explore.”

Higgins adds: “We wanted something very different that didn’t look like it’d been dropped from space. The area is packed with history and character and we wanted that, and the people who will call it home, to define what KAMPUS ultimately is. We were lucky that we had a lot to work with. There are some great buildings on site that other developers might have bulldozed, but we were determined to keep them.”

Once the home of Manchester Metropolitan University, KAMPUS is a smorgasbord of history and architecture with two Victorian warehouses, a brutalist 1960s tower and the Bungalow – a disused security cabin on stilts.

With over 500 apartments in an eclectic mix of buildings, KAMPUS boasts it has something to suit everyone’s tastes. “Whether you want modern, minimal new build; exposed concrete and waffle ceilings in the 1960s tower; a restored Victorian warehouse with big beautiful windows or a Dutch House in our rooftop village – it’s up to you!”, says Brady.

As well as becoming home to new residents, KAMPUS is set to become a destination neighbourhood in its own right, with a central garden flanked by shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

The brands that will fill those spaces will be as exciting and varied as KAMPUS itself with as many independents and trailblazers as possible.

Higgins explains how the scheme was also influenced by its neighbours on Canal Street. “The site’s been empty for years and arguably a drag on the Gay Village,” Higgins says. “We’re basically opening up the other side of the canal so when you’re sat having a beer on Canal Street you’ll no longer be looking over some dirty, drab car park but a thriving new neighbourhood.”

Brady added: “We’ve been talking to Canal Street since the beginning to make sure we complement what they have to offer,” Brady adds. “It’s one of the few places in the City where you can sit and have a beer in the sunshine and they’ve really nailed that European vibe.”

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Published: 3-Oct-2019 Top Stories

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