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Plans for Manchester’s Tallest Building Approved

Plans for Manchester’s tallest building approved

Beetham Tower’s decade-long status as Manchester’s tallest building is nearing an end after councillors approved plans for four new residential skyscrapers, including one rising more than 60 storeys high.

Manchester City Council’s planning committee has approved a proposal (pictured) by CQ Investments, part of the Renaker Build group of companies, to create four towers, an amenity building for residents and a new public square with food and drink outlets on the southern edge of the city on Thursday (30 June 2016). The 3.7-acre Great Jackson Street surface car park site is bounded by Owen Street, Pond Street, Deansgate and the River Medlock.

The height of the four residential towers in the full planning application ranges from 37 storeys to 64 storeys high. Beetham Tower, which has held the title of Manchester’s tallest building since its completion in 2006, is 47 storeys high.

CQ Investments is planning to create 1,508 apartments, four retail units, 651 car parking spaces, 755 cycle parking spaces, and community leisure facilities for residents including a swimming pool, a tennis court, gym facilities, a lounge and a roof terrace. There would also be 117,865 sq ft of public amenity space, providing opportunities for new bars, restaurants, cafes and retail space.

Across the scheme, there would be 303 one-bed, 1,000 two-bed and 189 three-bed homes. The ambitious proposal is the brainchild of architectural practice SimpsonHaugh and Partners, which also designed Beetham Tower.

Andy Finch, head of sales at Renaker Build, said: “We are thrilled to have received permission for our latest development which will be the first within the Great Jackson Street framework, creating a new community at the southern gateway to the core of Manchester city centre.

“We are fully committed to the redevelopment of the wider Great Jackson Street area and further regeneration and development will follow alongside our Owen Street scheme. This development has been designed with a wide range of apartment types, the vast majority of which are significantly more generous than purchasers will find elsewhere in the city.

“With the larger unit sizes, a high-end specification and residents’ amenities that are genuinely unmatched anywhere else in Manchester, this will undoubtedly become the new destination of choice for city centre residents”.

CQ Investments intends to start construction in the summer of 2016 with building expected to last for approximately 54 months. It is envisaged that the scheme would be fully operational in 2020.

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