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Manchester's Axis office tower re-emerges as homes

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Stalled plans for a 18-storey office block in Manchester have been brought back to life by 5plus Architects - as a 28-storey residential tower

The original £17million scheme by HKR for the Property Alliance Group was unveiled in 2007, but the project languished during the recession.

Now 5plus, the 50-strong Manchester and London practice which was set up five years ago by ex-HKR staff, has come up with new designs for the same developer and joint venture partner Development Securities.

Dubbed the ‘Axis’, the development will house 172 apartments and two of the city’s ‘most sophisticated and desirable penthouses’ on the top floor.

The building will be clad in reflective metallic bronze and glass and, on the city facing façade, features an LED ‘that will disappear when not in use’.

Jon Matthews, director at 5plus said: ‘We’ve been working on this site for nearly 10 years.

‘A unique site required a unique and dramatic response and we are fortunate to be working with a developer who shares our vision and ambition to deliver Manchester’s best residential building.’

Construction is scheduled to start as soon as planning approval is granted this autumn.

The scheme is set to complete in late 2016.

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