Innovative New Development Scheme Ready for Building Works


Philip James is delighted to announce that the ongoing archaeological work at The Roof Gardens – One Ellesmere Street site has now finally been completed. The site has now been cleared ready for the building works to begin in the coming months.

With 60% of the homes now sold, The Roof Gardens – One Ellesmere Street is an exciting mix of townhouses and apartments. The developers DeTrafford Estates together with Manchester based architects, Ollier Smurthwaite have based the design theme on “city chic” living taking inspiration from some of the world’s trendiest city centres including New York, London & Amsterdam.

The developers have created something quite unique with a site comprising of 45 (2, 3 and 4 bedroom) townhouses, spread across 3 or 4 Storeys. Many of the Townhouses have their own integral garages. Complimenting the Townhouses are 36 x 1 Bedroom apartments that similar to all the homes on the site, enjoy their own private, individual roof garden combining suburban comforts with inner city living.


An artist’s impression of the Kitchen and 2rd floor terrace of a 4 Storey, 4 Bedroom Townhouse

Building work is due to start in the coming months with the first phase of completions of the townhousesand apartments available from Q1 2015.

Since September the developer have been working closely with the University of Salford and Manchester City Council to preserve and record the rich archaeological heritage of the site; being the home of a mid-19th Century Brewery, later a brass foundry and to mid-19th Century workers’ housing of back-to-back formation, which have inspired the project’s unique composition. It is the developer’s intention to showcase the site’s history in respect of ‘The Old Brewery’ naming a Townhouse after its prior industrial use.

The development has already been short-listed for the prestigious 2013 Housing Design Awards and is in the process of becoming registered for the governments Help To Buy Equity Scheme which is available to all buyers, not just first-time-buyers. Under the scheme, you can secure one of the luxury new homes for just a 5% deposit. Interest has already been very strong with 60% of the development being pre-sold.



An artist’s impression of the interior for a 3 Bedroom Townhouse at The Roof Gardens

The Roof Gardens

The Roof Gardens is being marketed through Philip James’s prestigious city-centre and Didsbury offices.

Philip James has become one of Manchester’s leading independent estate agents. Rob Kennedy, Director of Philip James Kennedy, told us “We are absolutely delighted to be appointed to sell the scheme. It’s a real shot in the arm that building has started again here in the city centre. It’s a really unique development that is predominately townhouses. We are confident that there will be a big demand as more and more people choose to continue to live in the city centre. We are definitely seeing an upturn in the sales market here in Manchester city centre over the last 12 months.”

Rob Cuffe, one of the other Directors responsible for marketing the scheme states “We believe we lead the way here in Manchester, in how we can help market schemes like this. We have an annual marketing budget well in excess of £100,000 which is spent in getting our clients maximum exposure. We invest heavily in our online presence including our own website and places such as Rightmove, Zoopla and Findaproperty. We also promote heavily via social media channels and invest in professional photography.”

“Our experienced sales team have years of in depth knowledge of the marketplace. This is a fantastic development in a great location that is perfectly suited to both owner occupiers and buy to let investors”

Philip Nolan, CEO of Philip James, states “We are extremely pleased Philip James has been chosen out of the many other agents here in Manchester. We are definitely seeing the sales market become more buoyant as confidence returns to the sector. We now have 2 city centre branches as well 3 other branches strategically based around South Manchester. We feel perfectly placed to both sell the properties for the developer and help let and manage properties bought by investors”

There are 3 apartments remaining at The Roof Gardens – One Ellesmere Street, ranging from £115,000 to £119,000 and townhouses start from £300,000.

If you interested in finding out more about The Roof Gardens or to arrange a one-to-one site viewing on one of the dates listed below then please contact either of the “Robs” below.

Saturday 5th April – 3pm-9pm*

Wednedsday 9th April – 3pm-9pm*

Rob Cuffe on 0161 828 8200 or

Rob Kennedy on 0161 448 1234 or

*other dates available on request

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