First tower of Renaker trio tipped for 50 storeys

Details have emerged of the latest tower to be proposed by Renaker Build at Greengate; a 50-storey skyscraper made up of more than 500 apartments, the prolific developer’s joint second-highest tower in Greater Manchester.

Last week news was revealed that Renaker Build was preparing a hybrid planning application covering development at Salford’s Greengate, including the phased delivery of a public park and three tall residential buildings.

The first phase of the scheme would be on the Total car park next to the Abito building, and would see the creation of the park and a residential tower.

On Friday, a planning document was registered with Salford City Council which said the scheme would be 50 storeys tall and include 559 apartments, as well as low level commercial space.

The second and third phases, which would be part of an outline planning application, would be constructed on land around Collier Street and Greengate, fronting Trinity Way. OMI Architects is advising.

The details have emerged following the circulation of public consultation leaflet, which kept specifics vague but promoted an information event due to be held on Thursday 10 October from 3.30pm to 7pm at the former Aldridge Building on Salford’s Queen Street.

The scheme would be the latest of many projects Renaker is progressing as part of the large-scale Greengate masterplan. Completed projects include Anaconda Cut and No1 Greengate.

Nearby, proposals are coming forward from One Heritage, advised by OMI and Euan Kellie Property Solutions, for a tower on a car park at Greengate and New Bridge. Sitting at 55 storeys, the building would sit alongside Renaker’s 44-storey Anaconda Cut, and would be the tallest property in Salford.

At Deansgate Square in Manchester, Renaker has been on site for the last two years developing a skyscraper cluster, with four buildings dropping in height from Manchester’s new tallest tower at 64 storeys, to 50 storeys, 44 and 37.

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Must we assume that tenants will not have cars, and travel by foot, bike or e-scooter, also during our long dark wet winter nights, and also to the many places not or hard to reach by public transport? Any local shops, pubs, kids nurseries? Or will they just stay at home and twitter or look out the window? Something not quite right here. Profit before People? Which is what earlier made Manchester city the mess it is now. Old ways die hard.

By James Hayes

I think James has a point but there is a Sainsbury’s close to there and Deansgate is a cockstride. Schools are an issue in Central Salford/Manchester for an influx of this size. Chapel street is unrecognisable from twenty years ago and the new Uptown complex facing Anaconda will have thousands more people. There is a risk of this area becoming a dormitory.

By Elephant

I am not sure that James Hayes is asking for lots of parking, he is right of course that infrastructure both transport and community alike are required to go hand in hand with all these developments.

By Scooter Man

In response to Jame’s comment, I think the whole point of inner-city living is that you don’t need a car. There are plenty of shops available in the city centre and if the residents also work central, everything until they need to venture into the suburbs can be reached by foot. If the weather is terrible, there is public transport including a free bus and metrolink. Technically there is also a near loop rail line, although that needs to be imporved (In fact, transport in general needs much imporvement, but the city centre is still the best place for it in GM). Granted, places like Greengate, Deansgate and other inner neighbourhoods need more amenities, but I would imagine market forces will be enough to provide them once the population increases – afterall, these will have the highest densities in the country outside London


It’s a life choice to live in the city centre – plenty of bars, restaurants, retail, culture etc on your doorstep probably overcomes the absence of parking and schools/nurseries for a certain age group. Plus the state of GM Transport and commuter times means it has to be an appealing offer when compared with suburban commute.


I have lived in the city centre for 15 years and never had a car. The majority of things are on your doorstop or easy to get to via public transport. Why would we be encouraging more vehicles in to the city centre when it is gridlocked most of the time anyway? Plus the city centre air quality is appalling at the moment https://cleanairgm

By Steve

Manchester needs more affodrdable social housing , to match wages and cost of living in this city , jobs aren’t for the local people in the city people.

By Anonymous

Every time a new development is mooted, the same old comments about ‘local people can’t afford these’ etc. rear their head. Why does everyone assume all Mancunians are poorly paid and anyone with a better paying job must ergo be an out of towner? I’m from Manchester and am lucky enough to afford it, as are many people from Manchester and Salford.

By Manc

Because alot of high paid jobs are not done by local people who actually live in Manchester, FACT

By Anonymous

@anonymous So all these people who can afford to live in town all actually commute outside of Manchester and don’t in fact move there to be close to work?

By Manc

It’s right that new schemes are not focused on providing lots of parking, we need to be doing all we can to pedestrianise our city centres and encourage a less polluted, more sustainable way of lviving. If you need a car then don’t live in the city centre, there are plenty of lovely suburbs available. The entire city centre is at your feet in this location (provided you are prepared to use those two things called legs connected to your upper body), it’s lazy and incorrect to suggest people will be forced to simply sit indoors and Twitter James Hayes.

By Pedestrian

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