The Mancunian Way: Brutalist gem

The Mancunian Way: Brutalist gem

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The Toast Rack – that Brutalist gem that oversees Fallowfield – was voted one of the ugliest buildings in the UK earlier this year. That’s clearly nonsense and I hope whoever takes it on next thinks so too.

Things have been quiet at the site since overseas investor Estrela snapped it up from Manchester Metropolitan University for £5m in 2014. A few years later, developer Generation announced plans for the Grade-II listed Hollings Building (its official title) after gaining planning permission for apartments.

(Image: Manchester Evening News)

Now it’s on the market again, complete with detailed planning consent for 211 homes, a gym and leisure space, commercial space and 154 car parking spaces across the Toast Rack, Horseshoe, Gateway site and Stitching Hall sites.

It’ll be interesting to see how this iconic part of the south Manchester landscape is developed.

On to the rest of the day’s news.

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  • June 20, 2023