Plans have been unveiled to build four new residential skyscrapers in Manchester city centre, one of which will take the crown as the city’s tallest building.
CQ Investments, part of the Renaker Build group of companies, is set to submit a major planning application for the Owen Street site to Manchester City Council.
The ambitious scheme for the 3.7-acre site in the Great Jackson Street area would include more than 1,400 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.
There would also be a host of amenities for residents including a full leisure suite comprising an indoor tennis court, swimming pool and spa, gymnasium, studios, health/beauty treatment facilities, cinema screen, residents’ rooftop café bar with terrace and private garden, entertaining and home office/business facilities.
Three levels of basement parking with a dedicated vehicular pick-up/drop off zone would also be provided.
The proposals include a public square which extends to 96,875 sq ft and skirts the River Medlock. The applicant said that flexible retail/entertainment facilities at the square combined with the provision of new ground-floor bar/restaurant and retail spaces would deliver a ‘new and attractive destination in the heart of Manchester’.
The height of the four residential towers ranges from 38 storeys to 64 storeys high. Beetham Tower, the current tallest building in Manchester, is 47 storeys high.
A spokesman for CQ Investments said: “Our proposals provide a fantastic opportunity to develop a series of landmark buildings set within a high quality public space creating a new community and attractive destination in the city centre.
“The arrangement, range and specification of accommodation planned combined with the amenity and service provision will deliver highly desirable and important new homes to Manchester.”
The scheme has been designed by architectural practice Simpson Haugh & Partners. The planning application by CQ Investments is being coordinated by the planning team at Deloitte Real Estate.
If planning permission is granted, CQ Investments intends to start construction in the third quarter of 2016 with a build period for the entire scheme expected to span four-and-a-half years. It is envisaged that the entire scheme would be operational in 2020.