Parkway Gate

50 Chester Street
Manchester M15 6JH


Ian Simpson 2008


Ian Simpson is behind several of Manchester's recent iconic buildings, with an 'easy listening' architecture that uses sculpted forms and irregular coloring of the rectangular grid of glass curtain walls to provide visual interest. Parkway Gate, a development of three linked blocks of commercially-run student accommodation, is a particularly good example, as Simpson uses the variation in shape and skin of the three blocks to play off each other.



The upbeat effect is particularly strong at this site on the edge of Manchester city center, next to the raised ringroad the Mancunian Way. In an area of urban motorway and uninspired low-cost housing, the close cluster of three buildings housing 700 bedrooms between them are an oasis.



The rooms appear well specified, but it's an architecture defined on the surface. The visual impact of the facades has little to carry inside the buildings.




Simon Glynn 2009

How to visit


Parkway Gate is adjacent to the Mancunian Way, south of the city center. By car, take the exit from the Mancunian Way signposted for the A5103. There are buses from nearby Oxford Road.





Books and other web sites


For more information please visit the building operator's web site at, or the architect's at


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