Forshaw tower at River Street approved

The construction of a stalled 42-storey residential building next to Mancunian Way by Forshaw Land & Property has been granted planning consent.

Chelmer Developments, on behalf of Dastur Trading, gained planning permission for 600 serviced apartments on the plot between River Street and Garwood Street in Manchester in January 2013. The tower was designed by Ian Simpson Architects, now SimpsonHaugh & Partners.

Construction of the scheme never began because of funding issues.

A planning application changing the internal configuration of the tower was submitted to Manchester City Council by new owner Forshaw in September, advised by SimpsonHaugh and Turley.

The proposal reduces the number of apartments from 600 to 420 and makes some minor alterations to the external design. The flats are aimed at the private rented sector market.

The tower will include 19 three-bedroom, 269 two-bedroom, and 142 one-bedroom apartments, alongside leisure facilities, a restaurant and café.

The plot is currently occupied by a concrete frame for an unfinished residential block which was abandoned in 2005 when the developer went into liquidation.

Preparatory work for the demolition of the frame has already started on site.

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That looks horrible.

By James

Love a bit of height, can’t wait for this to soar.

By York Street

dull, dull, dull

By jimmymac

Manchester’s buildings look awful ..and city just keeps looking worse

By Karen

Yet another appalling dull bland and unimaginative tower to blight Manchesters skyline.
When will the city build an inspirational building that is design led from a world class architect?
Hopefully Manchester increasing rentals will drive up new build budgets and hence improve design quality, the City is so desperately short of world class design and deserve much better

By david stafford

Even the cars look dull

By Mr Forshaw

Great to see this scheme getting going. A neglected site that is an important gateway into the city.

By Elephant

Looks much better on the Forshaws twitter feed. The model of this looks very attractive with some nice detailing. It has personality. This vaseline-lensed render does it no favours

By midway

Whilst it’s an appropriate location for a tall building (unlike the Beetham), this is a huge missed opportunity. It’s Anywhere building rather than Manchester architecture on our key route into the city for first time visitors.

By Gene Walker

Fair point, but then Manchester architecture is “anywhere” architecture..?

By James

Yawn inducing, rather than awe inspiring. Then again anyone who has studied Architecture and Landscape Architecture / Urban Design will understand, that building upwards does not make the most use of the space available to the footprint. Towers are about ego’s and revenue’s based on false premise ( quite literally).A Paucity of imagination blights most towns and cities these days, because ‘building’ is about nothing but revenue based ‘ development’ rather than a statement of something other.

By Cassandra

We need to get Ian’s old boss back to design some proper iconic skyscraper’s as he’s done elsewhere in the world… it’s wrong that other than the mid-rise spinningfields buildings Lord Foster doesn’t have a signature-scraper in his home town.

By Car parker

It’s a thing of unparalleled beauty

By K Kong

So is Mancunian Way becoming Manchester’s new centre? Easy in easy out if so, apart from when it’s log jammed.

By Paul Blackburn (Chester)

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