The Merchant City parking lot will be transformed into apartments with a hidden ‘garden oasis’

A makeshift car park in the market town is set to be turned into a mixed-use development under new plans.

The site at 65-97 Ingram Street was slated for development years after a plan to build a hotel on the land was rejected.

Artisan Real Estate has unveiled its projects following an initial public consultation.

The development will comprise four separate buildings ranging in height from four to six stories with shared roof terraces accessible at different levels.

A total of 109 new homes are planned with commercial space on the ground floor that will overlook a publicly accessible “garden oasis”.

The “soothing” garden will feature wildflowers and plantings, seating areas, specialty lighting, and public artwork that will “align with the Merchant City Art Trail.”

Properties include a range of one, two and three bedroom apartments, each with landscaped gardens and roof terraces.

Over 700 people engaged in the first round of consultation.



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A spokesperson for Artisan Real Estate said: “We knew the location of this development which borders major city landscapes including Ingram Street, Albion Street and Candleriggs, demanded an impressive design statement and we believe that our proposals allow it.

“We have spent a great deal of time ensuring that we have considered all aspects of the design and believe that our proposals will make a dynamic and innovative contribution to the Merchant City.

“This second round of consultation kicks off on Tuesday March 29 with a walk-in event from 3-7pm in Merchant Square, followed by a live chat from 3-7pm online at www.65-97ingramstreet.co.uk

“We would like to hear feedback on this key step in the design process by April 10.”

Supporting the city’s net zero ambitions, no parking space is provided, however, residents will benefit from secure bicycle spaces and access to the city’s automobile club.