Far East Consortium’s (FEC) huge £235 million Angel Meadows development, designed by 5plus Architects, looks set to go ahead after being recommended for planning approval.
Manchester City Council planning officers have given the project the thumbs-up ahead of a planning committee meeting to decide on the proposals next week.
The plans 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 features 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. The developer first revealed plans for the project, which forms part of the wider NOMA neighbourhood masterplan, in March this year.
Accroding to the AJ’s sister title Construction News, City planners said the scheme would have a positive impact on the regeneration of Manchester city centre, but criticised the development for having ‘a negative impact on the area in terms of wider townscape quality’.
’There is clearly capacity for change which could enhance the setting of adjacent heritage assets and [the] wider townscape,’ the planners’ report added.
The report also stipulated the project should be phased, with a detailed phasing plan due to be submitted before works can begin.
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FEC, 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 full multi-disciplinary engineer on the project, including building services engineer and structural engineer.
Earlier this year, FEC was also named as the development partner for the city’s £1 billion Northern Gateway masterplan.
The Northern Gateway regeneration area, which extends over 120 ha from Victoria station in the city centre through the Lower Irk Valley, New Cross and Collyhurst to the north, will provide up to 10,000 homes over 10 to 15 years.