Boddies Set For Facelift

Property developer the Salboy Group has seen work commence on the 52,700sq.ft former Boddingtons Brewery on the northern edge of central Manchester whose regeneration has been long-awaited.

DOMIS, Salboy’s dedicated construction partner, has mobilised on site with groundworks under way. Construction is scheduled for completion in Q2 2026.

The original 2018 planning application was made by Assael Architecture. The scheme was later revised and modernised by Architect Studio Power.


Waterhouse Gardens

After the Boddingtons Brewery ceased operations in 2005, proposed schemes for the site became known as Old Brewery Gardens. Salboy has renamed the scheme Waterhouse Gardens, paying homage to Alfred Waterhouse (1830-1905), one of the most successful Victorian architects whose work included Manchester Town Hall and Strangeways jail, many ‘red-brick’ universities, as well as the Natural History Museum in London.

The Waterhouse Gardens scheme will incorporate red brick in its designs, reflecting Waterhouse’s generous use of terracotta and enthusiasm for the Victorian Gothic revival style. The scheme celebrates its local environment too. Each of Waterhouse Garden’s five principal buildings will be named after local waterways and their interior design and landscaping will be inspired by the location’s past as a brewery.


 “Right on target, work has commenced on our hugely exciting new scheme on one of Manchester’s largest and last-remaining regeneration sites”

–Simon Ismail 

Co-founder & managing director, Salboy Group


556 new city centre homes

Salboy acquired the site in December 2022 with the intention to develop a mixed-used scheme across five buildings, including a 20-storey tower and a landscaped public realm.

Located adjacent to Manchester College’s new city campus and only a short walk from the city’s Northern Quarter, Waterhouse Gardens will provide 556 new city centre homes likely to appeal to students and young people.

The scheme will also include 31,000sq.ft of commercial and retail space, Graham + Sibbald is advising Salboy on the commercial space.


Picture: The old Boddingtons brewery will feature red brick construction with lots of glass.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
24th August 2023


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