GMS’ 55-storey tower returns to committee
The £130m student scheme on the corner of Great Marlborough Street and Hulme Street in Manchester is earmarked for approval next week.
Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, GMS Parking’s plans involve the reduction in size of the multistorey car park on Great Marlborough Street, with the space created being used to build a part 55-storey, part 11-storey complex offering 853 student accommodation units.
A four-storey amenity building featuring 8,460 sq ft of incubator workspace is also included in GMS’ proposals.
The scheme, deferred last month pending a site visit, was previously being brought forward as a Student Castle project, the company that GMS director Edward Cade co-founded in 2010.
Student Castle developed the nearby 37-storey student tower since sold to Liberty Living.
The project has been subject to numerous objections from the company that manages Macintosh Village, a nearby residential community on the opposite side of Great Marlborough Street, as well as residents within the development.
Deansgate ward councillors William Jeavons and Marcus Johns have also objected to the project, while Manchester Metropolitan University has leant its support to the developer.
Manchester City Council planning officers have recommended the project be approved, stating the development “sets high standards of sustainability and would contribute towards demand for student accommodation in a sustainable location”.