Plans to build two huge towers in Manchester – one of which would stand at 51-storeys – have been formally submitted. The proposals have been drawn up to support the city’s growing economy.
The application is earmarked for land bounded by Chester Road, Mancunian Way and the former Bridgewater Canal offices. DQ Investments is attached as developer with SimpsonHaugh, Deloitte, Chris Burnett Associates and Ambiente, among others, also on board.
The site is currently used as a surface level car park and has been deemed “unattractive”, with planning documents stating that it “fails to fully utilise the positive attributes” of the area.
Proposed are two 51-storey and 21-storey towers, which would be connected by a two-storey podium. The pair would comprise 664 apartments made up of 207 one-bed, 378 two-bed, 23 large two-bed, 55 three-bed and one four-bed units. Of this total, 481 would be in the taller of the two structures, with the other accommodating 168.
Also included would be 664 cycle space and 260 car parking space, as well as 7,160 sq ft of commercial space, a swimming pool and gym.
The Great Jackson Street Framework (2018) has identified the need for an increase in residential units within the city centre, with the proposed scheme expected to “complement the mix of existing residential, retail and commercial uses” nearby.
“The redevelopment of the site will provide an attractive environment and will encourage further investment in the surrounding area,” read a planning statement drawn up by Deloitte Real Estate. “The scheme will also support the growing economy in Manchester.
“The forecasted economic growth of Manchester indicates the employment opportunities will be concentrated in the city centre. Suitable housing is needed to support these jobs and to retain existing skill sets. In addition during the construction phase employment opportunities will be created.”
The report also notes that any such redevelopment would animate the area and “make it a more welcoming environment for pedestrians”.