Published: May 27, 2024

The future of luxury city living: 6 unique features of One Port Street

Written by Amber Furr
One Port Street The Hideout Secret Room Speakeasy

Just named one of the most desired places to live for 2024, Manchester is front and centre on the global stage like never before.

Set to become as synonymous with the Northern Quarter as Beetham Tower is to Deansgate, One Port Street is a landmark destination already redefining NQ’s historic skyline. While its architecture pays homage to Manchester’s industrial past in its partial red-brick design, One Port Street is the future of luxury living and an investment opportunity not to be missed. 

More than just a place to live, each detail has been carefully considered to serve a purpose, tell a story, and meet a need. Already a multi-award-winning property development, One Port Street promises a lifestyle that transcends the ordinary.

But what makes One Port Street so different? Here are 6 unique development features that will transform Manchester’s luxury living market. 

1. Unrivalled location: The beating heart of Manchester

Once ‘up and coming’, the Northern Quarter is officially here and now – an unmissable property investment location. Among many accolades, the world’s most famous fashion brand, Chanel, chose the colourful streets of the Northern Quarter as the runway for their prestigious Métiers D’Art fashion show in December last year. Manchester’s version of Shoreditch, Brooklyn, or West Hollywood, the Northern Quarter is a top hitter in TimeOut’s list of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods.

Intertwined with NQ is Ancoats – home to some of the city’s top food and drink spots including Manchester’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, Mana. An area known for its quirky independent eateries, breweries, wine bars, makers markets and everything in between, Ancoats is a canalside heaven for city dwellers. Map borders are also increasingly blurred between Ancoats and New Islington Marina, which is one of the city’s most picturesque, family friendly hangouts. In the very centre of these three pockets, One Port Street residents will be spoilt for choice.

Temporary structure installed on Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, for the Chanel fashion show.

2. Enviable health and wellness amenities

While many luxury apartments offer accompanying gym facilities, how many offer a state-of-the-art leisure suite, comprising a spacious gym fitted with the latest equipment, two fitness studios including a holistic yoga & meditation studio, a 2,000 sq ft swimming pool with natural skylight, and a relaxing spa pool to unwind from the demands of city living? 

More than just a place to live, One Port Street has been shaped around the resident experience to provide a lifestyle of comfort and convenience. Making wellness more accessible and rewarding than ever, this is the true definition of balanced luxury city living. Saving residents the cost of a gym membership, research shows that renters are willing to pay a premium for health and wellness benefits. 

One Port Street swimming pool
One Port Street swimming pool with natural skylight (artist’s impression).

3. Where privacy meets community

We recognise the importance of community. But we also value the privacy of our residents. That’s why our amenities and communal spaces are designed to offer choice; the choice to socialise with friends, meet new people, work in private, or relax in peace. Each of our communal areas create a day-to-night ambience of work and play; charge and rest. 

Imagine being welcomed home each evening to a hotel-style lobby centred around a cosy 360-degree fireplace – a zen space for residents to read a book, enjoy a drink, or wait for an Uber in style and comfort. 

Through attention to detail when it comes to seating, lighting, art, and ambience, One Port Street combines the essence of a private members’ club with the casual comfort of home. With private hire options, solo study booths, and Speakeasy event hire, residents can dip in and out of their resident community to enjoy a balanced life of socialising and down time.

One Port Street fireplace lobby
Fireplace lobby in One Port Street (artist’s impression).

4. Outdoor city living

Who said urban life can’t go hand in hand with the outdoors? According to JLL’s residential survey, just over half (51%) of tenants placed higher importance on access to shared greenspace and outdoor areas.

As Manchester isn’t renowned for its year-round sunny weather, all three of One Port Street’s outdoor spaces have undercover seating and innovative features to be enjoyed all year round.

Paganini’s Terrace – A vibrant rooftop terrace on the 7th floor, Paganini’s will offer incredible views as you can already see on the video construction update.

Aptly named after the site’s history, a forgotten 200-year old pub was discovered in 2006 where One Port Street stands – the Paganini Tavern, named in 1840. Paying homage to Manchester’s proud history, One Port Street thoughtfully nods to the past while embracing the future.

The Atrium – Take a first look at the render of One Port Street’s undercover garden that promises year-round enjoyment for residents. Contrasting exposed brick with soft lighting and furnishings, The Atrium’s aesthetic nods to the Northern Quarter’s urban charm and industrial roots.

Designed to offer a stylish inner-city refuge, The Atrium will be a multi-purpose hangout for residents to unwind, socialise or connect.

Urban Garden – Adjacent to The Atrium, the ground-floor urban garden offers leafy garden landscapes at the centre of the development. An idyllic viewpoint from lower-storey apartments, the garden offers a daily dose of nature among the vibrancy of the city. 

One Port Street The Atrium
The Atrium, One Port Street (artist’s impression).

5. A true original: cutting-edge architecture

Designed by the renowned architectural firm responsible for transforming Manchester’s skyline, SimpsonHaugh, One Port Street’s design makes it one of the city’s most unique developments. Watch our behind the scenes video with Ian Simpson, Co-Founder of SimpsonHaugh, to hear how the development was thoughtfully designed to provide a beautiful public space at streetview, set back from the path with tiered height levels to integrate with the surrounding area.

While One Port Street’s partial red-brick design is sensitive to its historical surroundings, the modern glass façade panels by Focchi Group future-proof its aesthetic style – a modern hybrid of old and new that so perfectly embodies luxury city living in Manchester. 

Interior design continues to tell the city’s story, embracing raw industrial elements including wood, stone and fire to create a stylish urban sanctuary in the heart of the action. Art is a core pillar of One Port Street, inspiring and connecting residents in each area of the residence.

One port street rooftop terrace architecture exterior
Paganini’s Terrace and street view, One Port Street (artist’s impression).

6. Sustainability features for greener apartment living

In a study conducted on capital cities around the world, JLL research shows that renters are willing to pay an average green premium of 11.6% in London. Renters in other major cities such as Manchester and Birmingham are also willing to pay more for greener homes, with many saving on rising energy bills by choosing more energy efficient homes. 

Boasting over 2,000 square metres of public green space, One Port Street will serve existing and future residents within the area. Creating a green landscape at the gateway of the city centre, the planting of over 40 trees will provide ‘green lungs’ to absorb traffic pollutants and support underground cellular systems. 

Encouraging natural habitats and assisting species adaptation, One Port Street has been designed from the ground up to support environmental policy and initiative. The proposed enhancement to pedestrian permeability will also help to create greater connectivity to this popular part of the city centre.

  • Car parking spaces with electric charging capacity
  • Accommodates 100% cycle parking provision
  • Sedum green roof requiring low maintenance 
  • Responds to emission reduction aspirations set out in the Manchester Core Strategy Plan
  • Design features and improved insulation designed to reduce the need for energy 
  • Meets residual energy requirements through low or zero carbon energy generating technologies
  • Wasted heat will be recovered by mechanical ventilation technology to reduce heat demand and provide filtered air to apartments
  • Principles of the Waste Hierarchy are prioritised and made easy for residents
One Port Street Garden
Urban garden and public realm, One Port Street (artist’s impression).

With other unrivalled key features including various lounges, co-working space and a secret room called The Hideout available for private hire, One Port Street makes work-life balance more achievable than ever.

With the charm of a boutique hotel and the exclusivity of a private members’ club, residents will have access to unrivalled lifestyle benefits in the heart of Manchester’s most iconic district.

Don’t miss your last chance to own in One Port Street

Now over 90% sold, One Port Street is among Select Property’s fastest selling developments. Attracting a mix of investment buyers and home owners, this development is in high demand among our global clients. Final floor apartments for sale have just released, with availability across one and two-bedroom apartments. Read our blog on how many bedrooms are best for property investment.

Contact us to find out about the latest payment plans.

About Select Property

Select Property is an award-winning UK property developer and investment partner, offering a one-stop investment service from sales and property management through to exit strategy via our in-house property management company, Select Residential.

Contact us to speak to a property consultant about how UK property could work for you. We have a range of investment opportunities in the UK’s highest performing investment cities.

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