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Denton Corker Marshall wins trio of Manchester skyscrapers

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Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) has won a contest for three residential towers within Manchester’s £1.35 billion St John’s regeneration zone

The Melbourne-headquartered practice defeated CallisonRTKL, HTA Design and local firm Hodder + Partners to land the high-profile Allied London-backed project.

DCM, which also has an outpost in Manchester, previously completed the 2008 Stirling Prize-shortlisted Civil Justice Centre and the One New York Street offices (2009) in the city.

The firm has also worked with Allied London on new office buildings at 20 Cannon Street and 28 Savile Row in the capital.

Planned to start on site in 2017, the latest project will deliver 900 private rented sector homes in three skyscrapers overlooking the city’s Old Granada Studios.

Dubbed St John’s, the SimpsonHaugh-masterplanned development will transform the disused television production site into a new six hectare mixed-use neighbourhood.

OMA’s competition-winning flexible art space – named The Factory – will be the centrepiece of the new area.

The Dutch firm defeated a raft of firms including Zaha Hadid Architecture and Rafael Viñoly Architects to win the £110 million venue named after Factory Records which started in Manchester in 1978.

Commenting on the latest contest, Allied London chief executive Michael Ingall said: ‘Notwithstanding our historic and successful partnership with Denton Corker Marshall, they proposed the best architectural solution to a difficult brief.

‘We are bringing a new product to a new market and we can’t fall short of our design standards. DCM gave us a complete architectural solution that will be exciting and effective.’

SimpsonHaugh and Partners won a competition to design commercial and residential elements of the 370,000m² Old Granada Studios regeneration job in 2014.



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