The first images of the brand new £250m waterside garden neighbourhood ‘KAMPUS’ have been published.
A joint project by Capital & Centric and HBD, the city centre development boasts over 500 fresh apartments – including 1 and 2-beds built with high ceilings, panoramic views across the city and huge suntrap terraces.
Described as a “bold new addition to Manchester’s skyline”, the KAMPUS North Block has been built with distinctive pixel windows, Lancashire red brick and exposed concrete features.
Interior design work has been crafted by the award-winning YOUTH Studio.
Sat alongside two beautiful Victorian shipping warehouses and a 1960s brutalist tower, the KAMPUS complex is set to become a new home for the city’s creatives and independents – featuring two floors of independent bars, restaurants and shops.
A canal-side garden full of trees, plants and flowers sits at its centre.
Residents can access a gym, yoga terrace, private cinema and dining room on site.
KAMPUS also occupies land once owned by the famous ‘Spanking Roger Aytoun‘ – who remains one of Manchester’s most peculiar cult characters from history.
Adam Brady, Executive Director at HBD, said that “each building at KAMPUS has its own distinct character”.
“Whether you fancy living in a rooftop village with unbeatable views across the city or an exposed brick loft is more your thing, we’ve got something for everyone,” he explained.
“There’ll be loads of places for you to meet your neighbours. As KAMPUS grows you’ll find independent shops, bars and eateries by the lush garden.
“You can catch a film in the rooftop cinema, host a dinner party or have drinks in the lounge or join in a yoga class on the terrace. We’ve even got the Bungalow – an ex-security cabin on stilts overlooking the canal which is our village hall.”
Liam McGroarty, co-Founder at YOUTH, said his company designed KAMPUS interiors to “make them to feel like home”.
“The design is understated with simple details,” he explained.
“Wall colours that add warm tones, floor colours that don’t dictate what you do with the space, furniture made from natural materials. It’s not a white box, but neither is it too much.
“You bring your own style.”
KAMPUS apartments are described as having ‘no deposit or hidden fees’.
The complex is pet-friendly with a 24-hour on-site team and superfast broadband access.
Tenancies are available from 12 months to 3 years.
Prices begin at £1,125 for a 1-bed apartment and £1,605 for a 2-bed.
Apartments in North Block are available to view from April. To book a viewing visit the Kampus website.
Chester Zoo is giving away 35,000 FREE tickets to children
Chester Zoo is giving away tickets to local schools to help inspire a whole new generation of young conservationists.
The UK’s largest charity zoo is on a mission to help nature to “survive and thrive”.
And so, in a bid to do just that, has announced that it will once again be handing out tens of thousands of tickets to schoolchildren for completely free of charge, so that they can explore the zoo up close and learn all about the inspiring work the conservation charity does.
Chester Zoo‘s free ticket scheme has been running since 2017, and has already seen more than 100,000 children get to experience all the wonders the zoo has to offer.
With the hopes of empowering as many youngsters as possible, and sparking their passion for saving species once again, the zoo has now opened the scheme back up for the 2024/25 season – with a whopping 35,000 tickets available for schools, nurseries, and colleges to claim.
Not only that, but the zoo has also decided to open the initiative up to the education providers that haven’t benefited from the scheme within the last three years.
Every school participating in the programme will receive a free resource pack to help maximise the educational impact of their zoo visit.
“Every one of us is a custodian of our natural world,” commented Charlotte Smith, who is the Director of Conservation Education and Engagement at Chester Zoo, “But it’s the next generation of conservationists who are fundamentally important to overcoming the environmental and biodiversity challenges our planet is facing.
“They are inspiring and they give us hope, which is why we’re so keen to connect them with the awe and wonder of nature and help to nurture their passion and desire to make a difference.
“It’s proven that a visit to the zoo can significantly enhance people’s understanding of the huge efforts that go into conserving highly threatened species, while also bringing physical and mental health benefits.
“That’s why we particularly want to reach youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds and ensure they are the primary beneficiaries of the initiative, so we can provide them with the skills and know-how to go on and make a real, positive difference to wildlife in their everyday lives.”
The zoo is hoping to help inspire a whole new generation of young conservationists / Credit: Chester Zoo
Applications for Chester Zoo’s Free School Visits programme are now open, with free visits able to take place between Friday 1 November 2024 – Friday 28 February 2025, and any forms that are incomplete or received after the deadline date of Friday 22 March 2024 are unable to be processed.
The scheme is open exclusively for nurseries, schools, and college groups.
Places are open to schools who haven’t taken advantage of the scheme in the last four academic years, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so the zoo is advising that people complete and submit the application form at “your earliest opportunity” to make sure they don’t miss out.