Ahrends Burton & Koralek to design Urban Space Management's Hulme High Street regeneration project.
Urban regeneration developer Urban Space Management has asked architect Ahrends Burton & Koralek to design a £25m mixed-use development in Hulme High Street, Manchester.

The architectural practice will submit a planning application next week for 94 flats over an arcade of shops and three office buildings.

Ahrends Burton & Koralek has also done concept designs for a 2000 m2 market hall, a 600 m2 pub and a restaurant complex in Hulme High Street. Detailed design will be carried out by BDG McColl. The Ahrends Burton & Koralek scheme for Urban Space Management is part of a wider regeneration plan for Hulme High Street led by Amec and Manchester City Council.

The improvements also include private housing by Fairclough and Miller Homes, refurbishment of a leisure centre and the construction of new markets.

The Manchester project is one of several brownfield regeneration schemes throughout the country being spearheaded by Urban Space Management.

It is also planning a community-based development at Railtrack's vacant Bishopsgate goods yard on the eastern fringe of the City of London. It will develop the Bishopsgate site, which is in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, along the same lines as the nearby Spitalfields Market development, offering capped rents on short leases to small local businesses.

Railtrack is leasing the site to Urban Space Management for up to 10 years. The developer plans to lease some railway arches as large units and split others into smaller outlets. It has appointed Goldsmith Architects project manager for shell-and-core improvements to the derelict 6 ha yard.

Goldsmith has also carried out a feasibility study for leisure operator Market Sports for a swimming pool and gym under three arches on the site and architect Franklin Stafford has been asked to design a fashion retail centre.

In addition, Tower Hamlets council has appointed architect Penoyre & Prasad to design offices and gallery space for the Rich Mix, its ethnic arts and education programme.

The Rich Mix is a joint venture between the University of East London and Pan Chayat, a Tower Hamlets-based arts group, which has been set up to promote ethnic diversity in the borough.

Penoyre & Prasad is also advising Tower Hamlets council on the repair and refurbishment of the long facades of the Victorian Bishopsgate goods yard, which features the Braithwaite Viaduct, one of the oldest railway structures in the world.

Other potential tenants for the site include Benjamin Green, a local entrepreneur who is raising funds for a recording studio.

Site infrastructure works have begun, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, City Fringe, Single Regeneration Budget, Tower Hamlets council's regeneration unit and English Partnerships.