Planning officers have given their blessing to the project which, alongside the nearby No 1 Spinningfields scheme (pictured), would effectively create a new “gateway landmark” for the area.
Manchester City Council’s planning committee is due to discuss West Midlands Metropolitan Authorities Pension Fund’s proposal for 23 Quay Street at its meeting next Thursday (4 June 2015).
The application involves knocking down Astley House and Byrom House, two 1960s-era interlinking office blocks that are 11 storeys and six storeys high respectively, and replacing them with a building divided into three blocks stepping up in height from east to west.
In a report prepared for planners ahead of the meeting, the case officer said: “The building is larger than most surrounding buildings, but it would contribute positively to the cluster of taller buildings around Spinningfields to the north of the site and would, alongside the proposed development of No 1 Spinningfields on the opposite side of Quay House, create a gateway landmark to this important regeneration area.”
No 1 Spinningfields is a separate 24-storey skyscraper offering more than 260,000 sq ft of space that is set to replace Quay House, which is currently being demolished. PwC has already announced plans to relocate its 750-strong Manchester team to the scheme.
The report into 23 Quay Street concluded by recommending that the proposed development should be approved.
It said: “This report has demonstrated that this is an appropriate site for a building of this scale and that the development proposed would be well-designed and of a high quality, achieving a landmark building at this important gateway site, and fulfilling an important role in providing a type of commercial accommodation within the city centre for which there is an acknowledged need.”