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5plus wins approval for £200m Manchester towers

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Manchester City Council has approved plans designed by 5plus Architects for a £200 million development in Manchester

The proposals include a landmark 40-storey residential tower at Angel Meadow, featuring winter gardens at seven-storey intervals plus ground-floor retail and leisure units linked to Angel Meadow Park.

The scheme also includes two apartment blocks of 22 and 17 storeys and a new building on Mount Street providing five three-bedroom townhouses with 131 apartments on the upper floors.

In total, Angel Meadow will provide 756 new homes across four buildings. Backed by Hong Kong developer Far East Consortium (FEC), plans for the project, which forms part of the wider NOMA neighbourhood masterplan, were first revealed in March this year.

5plus director Jon Matthews said: ‘There is a lot of negativity about modern architecture in Manchester at present. We just keep doing what we believe in. Our designs for Angel Meadow embody everything we have learnt: contextual regeneration, giving everything back to the street, technically accomplished. It is a landmark step for this historically significant part of the city.’

FEC regional general manager Gavin Taylor added: ‘We’ve paid close attention to activating the ground floors and the spaces between the buildings while also providing a wide range of homes suitable for families as well as professionals.

‘Our goal is to see long-term occupancy of the homes in Angel Meadow and the development is geared towards private sale, rather than institutional investors.’

Far East Consortium lodges plans for £235m resi project_Angel Meadow Manchester 3

Far East Consortium lodges plans for £235m resi project_Angel Meadow Manchester 3

The consortium, which has a portfolio of property in Australia, China and South-east Asia, was appointed as developer for the Angel Meadow site last August. Consultant WSP is acting as multidisciplinary engineer on the project.

FEC has also been named as the development partner for the city’s £1billion Northern Gateway masterplan, a 120ha regeneration area extending from Victoria station in the city centre through the Lower Irk Valley, New Cross and Collyhurst to the north, which will provide up to 10,000 new homes over 10 to 15 years.

Project data

Location Angel Meadow, Manchester
Type of project Residential Development
Client Far East Consortium (FEC) and the Co-op
Architect 5plus Architects
Landscape architect Planit IE
Planning consultant HOW Planning
Structural engineer WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
Start on site date Early 2018
Gross internal floor area 756 Homes / 72,886m²
Total cost £200 million

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  • Looking at the street-level architecture in image 3/4 it's not surprising that 'there's a lot of negativity about modern architecture' - ignore the high rise stuff planted on top and it has about as much character as a dismal 1960s shopping centre; it's the Angel Meadow that provides the attractive element.

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