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Manchester skyscraper scheme approved

Published: Thursday, 7th July 2016

City council planners have given the green light for the Owen Street development in Manchester which includes a 200 metre tower that is set to become the tallest building outside of London...

Manchester City Council has given the go-ahead for a cluster of four new towers, one of which is set to become the city’s tallest building. When built the 200 metre main tower, proposed for a 1.5-hectare site between Owen Street and Deansgate in the city centre, would be the second-tallest building in England, only dwarfed by the Shard in London.

The four towers will range from 37 to 64 storeys high. Developer CQ Investments, part of construction group Renaker Build, aims to provide 1,400 one, two and three-bedroom flats on the site which forms part of the Great Jackson Street area.

Amenities proposed for residents include an indoor tennis court, swimming pool and spa, gymnasium, studios, health and beauty treatment facilities, cinema, residents’ rooftop café bar with terrace and private gardens.

Three levels of basement parking are planned as well as a 9,000 square metre public square skirting the River Medlock.

The scheme is in line with the council’s adopted revised development framework for the Great Jackson Street area.

Owen Street is the latest venture by Renaker Build, which is currently building 1,600 apartments across four sites at Greengate, Cambridge Street, Regent Road and Wilburn Basin. In addition, the firm recently secured planning consent for a 44-storey, 349 apartment scheme at Exchange Court, also in Greengate.

View the news article on the BBC

Roger Milne