Eric Parry Architects has won planning permission for a new 18-storey office tower in central Manchester
A number of previous designs for the site next to the Manchester Central conference centre had been worked up by Sheppard Robson, including proposals for a a 33-storey block. However none of the designs progressed.
Parry’s new Assembly Building scheme at 24 Mount Street includes 17,000m² of office space as well as improved public space and a ground-floor mezzanine.
Sat next to the grade-II listed Midland Hotel, the new tower will replace the 1972 London Scottish House and holds a key location in the city’s central business district.
According to Eric Parry, the new the scheme is composed of ‘a tripartite formation with a clearly defined base, middle and top’.
The practice said: ‘The base of the building will have a double-height colonnade and the second floor will contain a Bressumer. The middle is characterised by the double order subdivision of the elevation and the top is characterised by an open Loggia with plant machinery set back away