Manchester railway arches set to be transformed into retail and leisure spaces

26th February 2024 | Jack Oliver

The transformation of 10 disused railway arches in Manchester is set to go ahead after councillors granted planning permission for the redevelopment.

The Arch Company submitted the plans for the Corporation Street development last spring, which will see the arches transformed into new units for retail, leisure, and F&B operators.

Costing around £4m, the development will see new glazed frontages, services and drainage, as well as internal lining to keep the accommodation dry.

The arches, most of which have been derelict for 10 years, were predominantly used for industrial purposes but have since fell out of use.

The development forms part of The Arch Company’s Project 1000 – a £200m development plan designed to bring a thousand empty or derelict spaces across England and Wales into use by 2030. Its other developments in Manchester include the development of arches on Temperance Street and Bennett Street.

Santosh Patel, strategic account director at Pick Everard, which provided a number of services on site, said: “Manchester is famously proud of its industrial heritage, and this project not only maintains and celebrates that history, but rejuvenates it in an exciting and innovative way to bring added social value to the city’s modern landscape and its residents.

“Seeing this project to completion will bring a new offering to Manchester, further regenerating its town centre in a way that makes sense within its larger community. The new spaces present a great opportunity for independent retail, restaurant, and other leisure businesses to develop in an area that will grow and thrive with them.”


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