Jon Matthews Architects designed the project. Credit: via planning documents

Clearance work begins for Whitworth Street skyscraper

The owner of a site to the south of Manchester city centre has confirmed that demolition is soon to start, to make way for a 35-storey residential tower which was granted planning permission last year.

Inhabit, a new private rented sector provider, is in the process of erecting scaffolding around the warehouse at 10-12 Whitworth Street. The plot is opposite Deansgate Locks and next to the City Road Inn pub, which is being retained.

Manchester City Council approved the scheme proposed by Brigantes and Duvet Property Management in November 2015, which is made up of 330 apartments, with a bar, library, gym and rooftop garden.

The tower was designed by 5plus Architects.

The site is now owned by Inhabit, who said that it would develop and operate the building on completion.

Inhabit launched its PRS brand earlier this year, targeting schemes in seven UK cities to deliver a pipeline of 3,500 homes. Other projects include Heap’s Rice Mill in Liverpool, which it acquired from Elliot Group.

Inhabit told Place North West it was starting with demolition, although could not comment further on the construction schedule. It also confirmed that it would build the tower as approved.

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I’d like to see just how (over?)developed this area is going to look in future what with this scheme and:
1. The 27 storey ‘Axis’ that is due to sit just in front of it, (
2. The big Ask/Carillion scheme next to Axis at the back of Manchester Central (
3. With the backdrop of the 4x massive Renaker towers project on Owen Street (

Is it not about time there was a Manchester Coucil model showing everything approved by planning onto which all potential future schemes can be placed???

By Optimist

More Benidorm….

By Craig Earley

What is happening to Axis? Any nearer being built?

By Elephant

Craig – have you ever actually been to Benidorm? Is it just that you don’t like tall buildings? How on earth is this high-spec development comparable to any of the dross in Benidorm.

You are a bunch of miserable whiners – you will oppose anything new.

By Brian

Elephant, they’ve started their groundworks on axis. Still diggers and other machines on site.

By Daniel

Thank you Daniel for that information. I went past a few weeks back and there seemed a bit of foundation,but not much real activity.Why the delay? Does anyone know?

By Elephant

I can’t wait for this and Owen street to be built,making that and Beetham/Axis a decent cluster.If they build River Street too,it should look amazing.

By Elephant

Such a shame we are going to loose all of the current building,

By Mr Manchester

Mr Manchester – I understand your point in theory – but the “current building” has been derelict for at least 12 years and would have taken a monumental refurb job to get it anywhere near usable condition… Hope this replacement tower does rise though, skeptical, not list given the vagueness of not confirming anything in the story above (landbankers?) and that isn’t a good place for an empty piece of land.

By Dave

Agree with Dave. We do not want yet another cinder car park for the next ten years. The current building is better than a gap.

By Elephant

Looking grim as ever


Like it !!!!

By Schwyz

Another horrendous unimaginative building to ruin Manchester. Everyone in the council should be fired they destroyed our city, it’s really shocking. Very sad times for Manchester

By Mike

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