Greengate resi towers ‘on site in January’

Pinnacle Developments NW, sister company of active Manchester developer Renaker Build, has won consent for 500 flats on the site of a stalled residential tower scheme in Salford's Greengate.

OMI Greengate RenakerOne Greengate, designed by OMI Architect, will contain 497 apartments, townhouses and garden apartments from one to three bedrooms along with 5,831 sq ft of commercial space in a grouping of buildings of 12, 13, 21 and 31 storeys, arranged around a communal landscaped courtyard. There will be a 248-space car park, 200-rack cycle park and eight motorcycle spaces.

Pinnacle Developments NW was established by Renaker Build MD Daren Whitaker. Among Renaker's current projects in and around Manchester, it is completing the £15m redevelopment of Royal Mills in Ancoats, acquired from ING Real Estate earlier this year, and Sillavan, a £24m residential scheme also in Salford.

Construction is due to commence in January 2014.

The 1.2-acre site is bounded by New Bridge Street to the North, the River Irwell to the east, Gorton Street to the west and Greengate to the south.

The site had consent for Bashar Issa's BSC Group to build residential towers of up to 46 storeys before the recession. Issa is now serving a jail sentence after being convicted of VAT fraud.

OMI Greengate RenakerNick Berry, director of OMI Architects, based in Manchester, said: "Greengate is, in many ways, a demonstration of our evolving approach to repairing cities and bringing new life to tired and unloved environments. The scale of Greengate has been an interesting challenge, particularly as we are working in a very sensitive historic quarter of the city. One Greengate is really a progression from our other major urban developments such as the nearby Spectrum apartment building, on Blackfriars Road, which we completed five years ago, and the 327-apartment Sillavan Way scheme on Trinity Way, Salford that is more than 50% complete.

"The OMI studio, in the converted Manchester Baths, is just round the corner from One Greengate and it is especially gratifying to be able to influence our city, and in particular the immediate surroundings we experience on a daily basis.

"Over time we've developed a flexible model for high quality, residential buildings that still allow large structures to work within and contribute to the street scene of our cities. On One Greengate we have been able to combine this with the considerable construction expertise of Pinnacle."

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