New homes plan reaches for the sky


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By DOMINIC SMITHERS @DomSmither­sMEN

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

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