Plans to build two huge towers in Manchester – one of which would stand at 51-storeys – have been recommended for approval with the proposals considered to be a “striking landmark development” at an “important gateway site”.
The application is earmarked for land bounded by Chester Road, Mancunian Way and the former Bridgewater Canal offices. DQ Investments is the applicant with SimpsonHaugh, Deloitte, Chris Burnett Associates and Ambiente, among others, working on the scheme.
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. Of this total, 481 would be in the taller of the two structures, with the other accommodating 168.
Also included would be 664 cycle spaces and 260 car parking spaces, as well as 7,160 sq ft of commercial space, a swimming pool and gym.
A report to Manchester City Council’s planning committee notes that the project would “promote a quality neighbourhood, economic development and sustainable travel patterns”.
“The site is appropriate for tall buildings and the development would be well designed and of a high quality, achieving a striking landmark development at this important gateway site,” it added. “It would fulfil an important role in providing residential accommodation within the city centre.
“Residential development would be consistent with a number of the GM Strategy’s key growth priorities delivering housing to meet the demands of a growing economy and population, in a well-connected location within a major employment centre. It would therefore assist in the promotion of sustained economic growth within the city.”
Approval is therefore recommended, with councillors to meet on 28 June.