New homes plan reaches for the sky
BUILDINGS WILL BE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR NEW CITY CENTRE TOWER BLOCKS
NEARLY 400 swanky new apartments in three huge towers could soon be built on the edge of Manchester city centre.
Designed by renowned Beetham Tower architect Ian Simpson and Rachel Haugh, these three blocks could soon be built on a patch of land between Great Jackson Street and Owen Street.
The scheme is the latest plan for a raft of new buildings around the River Medlock.
If council chiefs approve De Trafford Estates Group’s plans, buildings at the site will be demolished to make way for the three towers – 32, 26 and 18storeys tall.
Some 386 highend apartments are planned – as well as a rooftop restaurant.
According to the plans, there will be 132 two-bedroom flats, 240 two-bedroom homes and 14 three-bedroom units.
Two of the proposed towers will also include 13 three-bedroom townhouses.
As well as modern flats there will also be 50 retirement ‘suites.’ Developers have not yet said if any of the homes will be ‘affordable.’ Town hall guidelines state that 20 per cent of homes, within developments larger than 15 units, must be affordable – with rent or mortgage costs not exceeding 30pc of average monthly income. The proposals also include more than 7,000sq ft of commercial space, 399 cycle parking spaces and 97 car parking spaces for residents. If approved the towers will sit alongside four skyscrapers planned for Owen Street. The tallest of those will be 64 storeys high. Standing at 201m – 659ft – the imposing building will be the tallest in the country outside London. Work has already begun on a 1,500-home development on Owen Street. The planning statement reads: “The scheme will continue the regeneration of this part of the city centre, which has long been in decline, and will act as a catalyst for the redevelopment of other sites in the area.” DeTrafford Estates is also involved in the redevelopment of a neighbouring site behind the Grade II-listed St George’s church, off Chester Road.
An artist’s impression of the planned tower blocks