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SimpsonHaugh puts in plans for Manchester skyscraper

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Plans by SimpsonHaugh have been submitted for a 30-storey student housing tower in Manchester 

Backed by student propert group Unite, the scheme in New Wakefield Street includes 573 bedrooms, as well as bike parking, and commercial space.

To make way for the proposals, the existing buildings in 1-5 New Wakefield Street will be demolished, including the Sound Control nightclub and music venue, which according to the planning documents was raised as the ’biggest issue’ by the community during the consultation process. 

The documents also show that, following a full consultation process, Historic England is supporting the application. The heritage organisation said it did not have any major concerns about the massing and location of the planned building, saying that the stacked design  ’mitigated its impact on views’ of the nearby Grade II*-listed Principal Hotel. 

Work is expected to start on site in 2018, with a completion date scheduled for 2020. 

Architect’s view 

Source: Planning and Tall Building statement 

The design of the proposed development has been informed by a consideration of the site context and detailed constraints and opportunity which it presents. The proposed development makes the best use of the size and orientation and its prominent location.

A high quality scheme will be delivered which will make a positive contribution to the character of the area. The use of the proposal is appropriate and will complement the existing uses of the area and also provide an enhanced mix to the uses along New Wakefield Street.

The scheme proposes:

• An appropriate form and massing of development on the site in townscape and urban design terms to accommodate the required quantum of development;

• A considered approach in respect to the existing heritage assets in the vicinity

• A contemporary external envelope that not only complements its surroundings but provides a positive impact on the immediate townscape and represents a marked improvement to the existing street scene

• A positive contribution to the existing urban grain, maximising the development potential of the site area

• A viable mix of uses which will add to vibrancy of New Wakefield Street and to the surrounding area as a whole.

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