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Second 36-Storey Skyscraper Earmarked For St John’s

Second 36-storey skyscraper earmarked for St John’s

Plans and images have been lodged for a second 36-storey residential tower as part of the emerging £1.3bn St John’s neighbourhood on the site of the Old Granada Studios in Manchester city centre.

Architects’ firm Denton Corker Marshall has submitted the application for ‘Tower Two’ on behalf of Manchester Quays Ltd, controlled by Allied London and Manchester City Council.

The proposed private rented sector (PRS) building is earmarked for a surface carpark, bounded to the east by Water Street and close to the proposed Tower One.

A planning application for Tower One was submitted in November, with the main differences between the two schemes being that Tower Two will be silver coloured and Tower One will be copper coloured.

A statement with the plans said: “Manchester Quays has spent considerable time researching the PRS model and concluded that St John’s provides an outstanding opportunity to create a prime asset for this new thriving sector or property.”

It added: “The architectural approach incorporates design principles specific to high-rise city centre living. The tower will deliver unrivalled city views, open-plan apartment layouts and residents only amenity spaces.”

In October 2016, Manchester City Council gave the go-ahead for four new buildings at St John’s, including a 52-storey skyscraper that would become the city’s tallest tower.

The local authority is also expected to green light the £110m The Factory arts centre at a meeting later today (12 January 2017).

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