First Street has become one of Manchester’s most vibrant new neighbourhoods. Home to the likes of arts and culture hub HOME and a wide range of bars and restaurants including Bunny Jackson’s and WOOD, however the First Street area is set to expand further with a new purpose built student accommodation concept named House of Social.
Property investors Vita Group has revealed its first CGIs of its new concept House of Social, alongside its proposed plans in the First Street masterplan at plot 10b. Vita Group describe House of Social as “the student house re-imagined”, with the development designed for students in their second or third year who have established friendship groups.
Each ‘House’ is centred around a beautiful open plan kitchen and lounge space, designed to bring housemates together with large ensuite bedrooms on either side. Each room has been designed to provide the “ultimate student room”, including both casual study space and a more formal desk, plenty of storage space and its own en-suite bathroom. Some larger studio apartments are also available, each with its own small kitchen.
In total, the proposed First Street development will deliver 576 beds, with a mix of 76 six-bedroom clusters and 24 five-bedroom clusters. The proposal includes a provision for 86 affordable rooms, along with 24 studios designed to be accessible for residents with additional needs.
Complementing the student accommodation and the wider First Street masterplan, plans include a ground floor food hall, creating approximately 1,304sqm of commercial space. Expected to home local independent food brands, it will offer around 400 covers and create approximately 30 front of house jobs if approved.
Max Bielby, Chief Operating Officer for Vita Group said: “We’re delighted to bring forward these exciting new plans for our new student brand House of Social, adding to the First Street masterplan and complementing our neighbouring Vita Student offering. House of Social is the student house re-imagined, bringing students together at the most important time in their life and giving them the opportunity to make life-long friends whilst excelling in their studies.”