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NEW! Yoga classes at Kampus

Posted on: May 24th, 2021 by kampusEditor

Namaste and welcome to yoga classes at Kampus.

We’re really proud of our lush, green garden – a place to take a moment’s peace in the heart of the city. So, you can imagine our excitement to welcome you to our new yoga classes, which celebrate our garden and our rooftop terrace by giving you a chance to come together to move, breathe and hone your practice.

True to Kampus’ ethos, our yoga classes are open to everyone. From new starters to seasoned practitioners, there will be something to inspire, challenge and make you smile. Our classes take place in the fresh air, either on our rooftop or in the garden. It’s not long until our largest residential gym in Manchester opens, but for now we’re outside – though in wet weather we will be using a sheltered area. So, dress for the weather!

There are three brilliant sessions coming up: Out of Office Yoga , Yoga Bagel Brunch and Sunset Vinyasa Flow. Book now to secure your place!

Say hello to independent corner shop Kampus General Store

Posted on: May 14th, 2021 by kampusEditor

Kampus is fast becoming the new home for Manchester’s indie shops, bars and restaurants. And Kampus General Store is the latest to join us at our canal-side, city centre home.

This, for those that don’t know, will be one of Manchester’s best food indies. The team behind it are also behind the Ancoats General Store and Stretford Foodhall.  Kampus General Store will have a similar village market feel. It’ll stock the best artisan food and drink (think sustainable meat from MeatCo Manchester or award-winning Great North Pie Co.). And, alongside, you’ll find all the daily essentials you might need.

The store overlooks our new square. It’ll be big enough to showcase a changing roster of local butchers, greengrocers and fishmongers, gin makers, wine merchants and more. They’ll regularly pop-up for residencies that’ll feature tastings and workshops of locally-made food and drink.

Best of all is the store’s eco ethos. Its zero-waste, household essential refill hub means that whether you live at Kampus or are just passing through, you can ditch the single-use plastics. Come here to fill up your own containers with cereals, washing up liquid, lentils, sugar and pasta. Nice, eh?

A neighbourhood store

“We’re moving into a place with a strong sense of community and a very independent feel, which is exactly what we’re about,” says Mital Morar of Store Retail Group. “Kampus General Store will be right at the heart of the neighbourhood, where the convenience of a corner shop meets local artisan food and drink.”

“Kampus is fast becoming a neighbourhood in its own right and true to our word we’re sticking with independents,” says Capital & Centric’s Adam Higgins. “We turned down plenty of chain supermarkets as that identikit approach is not what our residents want. They’re after something more unique and interesting. So, there’ll be plenty of collabs and pop ups, giving local traders a chance to showcase their produce and residents a chance to try something new.”

Coming soon

Kampus General Store joins Common & Co’s pub and pizza shop, as well as the Bread Flower pop-up. It launches this autumn. Keep your eyes open for news, or sign up for our latest news and upcoming event announcements now.

New business Bread Flower now baking at Kampus!

Posted on: April 30th, 2021 by kampusEditor

Fresh bagels? Hand-tied flowers? Put them together at Bread Flower for the perfect Sunday morning treat.

Say hello to Maya and Scarlett, the baker and florist behind Bread Flower. These life-long friends set up their start-up in April with a simple idea. Bread and flowers, ordered during the week, baked at the weekend and collected on a Sunday. Their bundles – six sourdough bagels, hand-tied bouquets, with a mix of toppings and sides, and add-ons like bags of Blossom Coffee and smoked salmon from Manchester Smokehouse – made Bread Flower an instant success.

In fact, Maya and Scarlett did so well that they quickly outgrew their start-up kitchen. At which point we stepped in to offer them ours, and we’re very happy to announce that Bread Flower is now using the Kampus Bungalow to bake up a storm.

“We liked the idea of bringing the two things together – great bread and beautiful flowers – but we weren’t sure if people would get it. Why bread and flowers? But it felt right, and it’s worked,” said Maya. “We were selling out of bundles in under a hour and needed a bigger kitchen. So while we’d love to have our own space one day, being offered the Bungalow to work from is a massive help. It means we’ll definitely get there.”

Bread Flower will be at Kampus from this weekend. Fancy a bundle? Order @breadflower_  and collect on a Sunday morning from the Bungalow (entrance via the canal-side steps off Minshull Street). Or find out more about the Bungalow, and then take a look at North Block (so you can have a baker right on your own doorstep).

Common & Co (& Nell’s Pizza) join the Kampus community

Posted on: April 1st, 2021 by kampusEditor

We are all about the best indie bars and restaurants at Kampus – including Nell’s Pizza and Cornerstone.

Cornerstone and Nell’s Pizza, the newest members of the Kampus community tick, all the independent boxes. Brought to Kampus by Common & Co (also behind Common, Port Street and The Beagle), they are two great new places to eat and drink. First, Cornerstone, a traditional boozer reimagined for the 21st century. And second, Nell’s, whose legendary 22” pizzas have kept us fed through lockdown(s).

Common & Co was founded by Jonny and Charlotte Heyes. Together, they’ve run the Northern Quarter’s Common for the last 15 years. And now they’re the first operator to join our community. “Kampus represents a development with a sense of purpose, it kind of knows what it’s about, what it’s for,” said Jonny. “Lots of developments end up being a bunch of buildings searching for a reason to be, furiously post-rationalising. We got the impression that the vision for Kampus would be something we, as an independent operator, could get on board with.

It will be a thoughtfully curated selection of independent businesses as part of a neighbourhood ecosystem, which is nice. All it was lacking was a pub (and a pizza shop).”

“Common were one of the first bars in the Northern Quarter and have become a Manchester institution,” said Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric. “They’re going to be setting the tone for what we’re creating at Kampus: independent, laid back and for everyone. And the timing couldn’t be better, as people start coming back into the city and life gets back to normal.”

The canal-side, garden-facing pub and pizza shop will open at Kampus in July. We’ll see you at the bar.

Kampus Open House: view apartments for rent

Posted on: March 31st, 2021 by kampusEditor

Our very first Open House weekend is coming up – when we’re open early, late and all through the weekend so that you can view our Manchester apartments for rent.

North Block, the first of our 5 Kampus buildings, is finally ready. And you can visit us between Friday 9 and Sunday 11 April two get a sneak preview. We’ll do more than just show you round our beautiful 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for rent, though.

You’ll also get pizza in the garden (did we mention the garden?), and insider information on which independent cafes, pubs and shops are joining the Kampus community – including the pub and pizza shop combination, Cornerstone and Nell’s Pizza. And you can drink proper drinks on the terrace, overlooking the city, laid out so prettily below, AND get to know everything that renting at Kampus gives you. (Hint: there may be mention of a private cinema…)

We also have a very special deal on. If you sign up during our Open House weekend, you can get up to £1,500 rent free. So if the garden, drinks, pizza and frankly fabulous community we’re building doesn’t do it for you, perhaps this massive money-saving offer will? So now all you need to do is book a viewing now!

Youth: Designing for Kampus

Posted on: November 14th, 2020 by kampusAdmin

The Dezeen award-winning YOUTH Studio tell us all about the interior design they’ve crafted for our Kampus apartments:

“We won Kampus shortly after founding the studio (6 months after, to be exact). It meant so much to us as a young design studio, not only because we had beaten off some pretty impressive competition, but more because it represented the spirit and ambition behind Kampus.

The brief was a challenging one — to create individuality and distinctive character within each building. Our response was to come up with a timeless style for the apartments, that could act as the backdrop on which layers of character, colour and texture could be applied, depending on the personality of each building. So, North Block is peaceful, easy-going and warm with rich tones (it’s the one at the party pouring the drinks). South Block is rebellious and atmospheric, daring to do what no-one else will. Then there’s the Stack. It’s timeless, mature and effortlessly cool, listening to records and drinking a smooth red on a Friday night.

Our vision from the start was about creating beautifully considered environments. From the main entrance to the moment you sit on your sofa, we wanted to create something unique to Manchester, by collaborating with the brands and design studios that inspire us.”

India Hobson: Photographing Kampus

Posted on: January 14th, 2020 by kampusAdmin

Photography, real life and character: a day in the photographic life of India Hobson.

India Hobson is the Sheffield-based photographer known for still lifes and the way she uses natural light and shadow – she tells us about photographing Kampus while it was still under construction, one cold day in January:

“Our first visit was on a clear, crisp (actually freezing cold) winter’s day; the sky was the brightest blue and the sun gave us golden light – a rare treat for Manchester. We made the most of it by taking as many pictures as we could as we toured the site, documenting the progress of the build and restoration. It’s a real privilege to be given the freedom to work on a site of this size, and to be commissioned to record the typically ‘mundane’ details that occur on a construction site. We found so many interesting vignettes and viewpoints that we felt like kids at Christmas. The existing buildings were being repaired and restored sympathetically, and it was clear that retaining the character and charm of the original architectural details is a high priority.

“Our main brief was to photograph two of the finished apartments. We love to shoot with natural light, but the reality was that we were shooting in winter and we did have to supplant the light in a few of the spaces – photography is all about problem-solving, especially when we’re working on a construction site.

“For some reason there’s the view that photography is a glamorous affair. That’s not always the case, and it means that we’re often amazed at the results we achieve. In this case we were fully PPE’d up (ever tried to take photos comfortably wearing a hard hat?) and working to strict time constraints (AKA the 4-hour window of light at that time of year), but the apartments were beautifully styled and, working with a great team around us, we think the end results were pretty good!”

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