Focus on lettings as Kampus nears finish

Rochelle Silverstein, formerly of Allied London, has been appointed head of commercial to drive retail and leisure lettings at the £250m Kampus.

Silverstein spent five years as associate director of retail and leisure at Allied London, where she worked on Spinningfields, London Road Fire Station and St John’s.

A joint venture between Henry Boot Developments and Capital & Centric, the Kampus development on Aytoun Street, Manchester, is under construction with doors due to open in summer 2020.

Kampus will feature over 500 apartments with 45,000 sq ft for independent bars, restaurants, cafes, wellness and shops across five buildings.

Kampus is the redevelopment of a former Manchester Metropolitan University site into a new neighbourhood with 533 apartments, two gardens, bars, restaurants and shops. The scheme was designed by Mecanoo, with Chapman Taylor progressing with the project as delivery architect, and Exterior Architecture advising as landscape architect. Mount Anvil is the contractor.

There are a mix of building being refurbished or constructed.

Minto & Turner and Minshull House, two grade two-listed Victorian shipping warehouses are being converted into loft-style apartments with commercial uses on the ground floor, with access onto Little David Street.

Also being developed is The Stack, a former Manchester Met tower which is being converted into 123 apartments. Alongside the buildings being restored are two new-build towers, North and South block. Each are 15 storeys, and total 352 apartments. There are also 10 Dutch houses being built along the roof.

Silverstein said: “Kampus is a standout development for Manchester. It’s diverse, has so much character and an amazing location. We’ve got a rare opportunity to build a bustling and inclusive community right in the heart of the city – with proper gardens and well thought out public spaces.

“My passion lies in working with creative and independent hospitality and retail operators so Kampus is a natural fit for me. We’re working with the best operators in the market to create something eclectic and authentic that adds to the vibrancy of the area. I can’t wait to bring it to life.”