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Glenn Howells unveils skinny 165m-tall Manchester tower


Glenn Howells Architects has submitted plans for a slimline 55-storey tower in Manchester city centre

The Hulme Street scheme, for developer Student Castle, would be 165m tall but less than 15m wide. According to the practice it pays homage to the ‘magnificent red brick chimneys that once dominated the city’s skyline’. 

The new skyscraper would overlook Oxford Road station and sit next to Hodder + Partners’ six-year-old Great Marlborough Street tower. It would feature 850 student studio apartments as well as communal facilities and 750m2 of co-working space for start-up businesses.

Student Castle co-founder Edward Cade said the scheme, which would feature brick façades and involve the partial demolition of a multistorey car park on the site, would create a ’new Manchester landmark’.

He added: ‘The building also presents a significant windfall opportunity to redevelop a portion of an existing multistorey car park adjacent to Manchester Oxford Road Station into a fully managed purpose-built student residence.’

Glenn Howells director Dav Bansal said: ‘Rising among its context of red brick warehouses [the scheme] will be the most slender structure in Manchester.

‘The solid mill “chimney” language defies many modern skyscrapers and instead creates an expression with a real sense of being of Manchester’.

He added: ‘The slenderness is reinforced by its homogenous skin of brick panels that alternates on every floor to open up glazed slots and add relief to the façade. The use of modern construction technologies will enable us to deliver traditional brick material at such heights in prefabricated modules.’

Deloitte is the planning consultant for the scheme, WSP the structural and M+E engineer, and AECOM is project manager. Consultation has taken place with Historic England and the city council.

Subject to planning, completion is scheduled for 2022. 


Readers' comments (5)

  • That should sway nicely.

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  • I wouldn't shout about the chimneys too much or Fred Dibnah will be summoned from his grave and try to demolish it......

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  • Industry Professional

    55 storeys of brick slips... ZzzzZzzzZzzz!

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  • Chris Roche

    55 storey / 850 students.
    How many lifts?
    How many staircases?
    Is it safe?
    Is it practical?
    Is it appropriate?

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