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SimpsonHaugh wins planning for Manchester's tallest tower

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Manchester City Council has approved plans by SimpsonHaugh and Partners for what is set become Manchester’s tallest building

The scheme for the 1.5ha Owen Street car park site next to the river Medlock features a centrepiece 66-storey skyscraper (201.5m) along with three neighbouring high-rise blocks of 39, 46 and 52 storeys. 

The firm - then operating as Ian Simpson Architects - also designed the 47-storey Beetham Tower, built in 2006 (see below), which currently holds the title of the highest building in Manchester.

The AJ100 practice has been working on concepts for the plot within the Great Jackson Street development area for nearly a decade. In 2008 it won planning for a five-tower scheme backed by West Properties.

The latest design for developer CQ Investments Limited, a subsidiary of Renaker, features more than 1,400 homes, shops, bars and a 9,000m² public square.

Andy Finch, head of sales at Renaker Build, said the development would create ’a new community at the southern gateway’ to the core of Manchester city centre.

He added: ’We are fully committed to the redevelopment of the wider Great Jackson Street area and further regeneration and development will follow alongside our Owen Street scheme.

’This development has been designed with a wide range of apartment types, the vast majority of which are significantly more generous than purchasers will find elsewhere in the city.

’With the larger unit sizes, a high-end specification and residents’ amenities that are genuinely unmatched anywhere else in Manchester, this will undoubtedly become the new destination of choice for city centre residents.’

The developer aims to start construction this summer 2016 with the final elements completing in early 2021.

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Source: Daniel Hopkinson

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