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Green light for Hodder + Partners' 37-storey Manchester tower

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Hodder + Partners has won planning permission for the second tallest residential tower in Manchester - this 33-storey student block on Great Marlborough Street

The £45million scheme near Oxford Road Station, which will be the city’s second tallest residential building after Ian Simpson’s Beetham Tower, is backed by property company Student Castle - a new outfit co-founded by Carphone Warehouse figurehead Charles Dunstone.

Enabling works have already started on the 520-studio apartment project, featuring four towers (33 storeys to the top of the accommodation) sitting on a podium, which is due for completion in 2012.

Hodder + Partners’ founder Stephen Hodder said: ‘We have designed this building as a considered response to the scale of the street and the city itself.’

‘The tower will be sympathetic to the existing city skyline and its immediate surroundings we are looking forward to delivering it successfully for Student Castle.’

To read CABE’s review of the project click here.

Previous story (AJ 29.01.10)

New Wakefield Street tower, Manchester by Hodder + Partners

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Hodder + Partners has submitted plans for this 111m-tall student apartment block on New Wakefield Street, Manchester

The 37-storey skyscraper scheme near Oxford Road Station will be the city’s second tallest residential building, after Ian Simpson’s Beetham Tower, and will house 525 student bedrooms.

Sitting above a podium, the four towers are staggered in height with the two smaller blocks on the south side of the development and the larger towers on the north east and north west corners.

A spokesman for the practice said the scheme would create a ‘significant urban landmark to signpost Oxford Road station which remains the only one of the four Manchester stations not ‘landmarked’.

‘From key gateway vistas, the scheme would compliment the dispersed array of towers which currently demarcate the city’s major hubs while being sensitive to the more immediate context via its slender profile and architectural treatment.’

The practice had previously drawn up plans for a smaller, 87-apartment scheme on the plot for developer Dandara.

Should the latest scheme win approval from Manchester City Council, work is due to start on site by June.

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