Alliance proposes 31-storey Piccadilly tower

Property Alliance Group has submitted a planning application for a high-rise residential scheme on a plot at the corner of Store Street and Millbank Street near to Manchester’s Piccadilly station.

Oxygen has been designed by 5plus Architects. The scheme includes 345 apartments and 12 townhouses, alongside leisure facilities and rooftop gardens.

The townhouses wrap around the base of the tower. The development also features allotments and a 24-hour concierge.

The scheme is being marketed to overseas investors. According to marketing materials, the project is due to complete by the start of 2018.

A standard two-bedroom apartment will cost £240,000, and Property Alliance Group is projecting rental yield returns of between 5.5% and 7%.

Jon Matthews, director of 5plus Architects, said: “Oxygen will be a connected place, a place to connect with your friends, connect to Piccadilly and connect to the sky. With all the amenities it offers it will be a true vertical village and the design provides a welcome regeneration to the area around Piccadilly. Oxygen is unashamedly high quality, both iconic and accessible.”

Property Alliance Group, in a joint venture with U+I, is also the developer behind Axis, the delayed 27-storey residential block due to be built next to Deansgate Locks. Construction was due to begin at the beginning of this year, however the start date was put back “due to negotiations with the Canal & River Trust”. Contractor Russells Construction is set to begin on site this month.

JLL is the letting agent at Oxygen and Axis.

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Look forward to 2028….when this will be delivered (by another developer).

By slant

This is just unspeakably ugly. A big dumb slab. And allotments? A planner-pleasing sop which will be be the first thing to be value engineered away.

By No thanks

“Connect to the sky” I wonder if that means the 31st floor will be permanently cloaked in drizzly cloud, or is it just a late entry for Pseuds’ Corner 2015?

By Gene Walker

Yuck!!!!!!! it looks awful
Manchester’s skyline is the worst in the country along with Sheffield and Leeds… vile

By Karen

Looks horrible and worse for its island site surrounded by traffic.


‘marketed to overseas investors’ = couldn’t sell it to anyone in the UK.

By Johnny Foreigner

Looks good this, should be at least 90 metres tall. The city is booming, it’s crazy how many more proposals there are here than in rival cities, the gap is widening.

By Peter Y

Piccadilly Village residents must be ecstatic

By Jonty

Oooh! yes! concrete stilts jacking up another awkward looking slab, – so retro- so 60’s – so utterly monolithically awful! Gene Walker you are also astute – has none of these Photoshop / Revit jockeys ever looked out of the window in the last 3 months?? though the drizzly cloud extends all the way to floor level for most of the year and will no doubt soon stain this lovely porridge coloured confection accordingly..

By Cassandra

Quite like the idea of the Townhouses clustered at the foot.Does anyone else think it looks like the Barbican in London? That was built in the 80s and is a Marmite building.There is a lot of development around there in the pipeline,which means eventually the city centre will reach the Ethiad.However we try to be politically correct,Manchester needs a professional Middle class to sustain it.The renaissance of Manchester reminds me of Dublin’s twenty years ago,when areas which were once shied away from became alive again.

By Elephant

The Barbican was built in the 60s and 70s…

By Imperator

Manchester will stand a better chance of attracting ‘the professional middle classes’ to a pedestrianized Oxford Road than to a traffic island near Piccadilly. Oxford Road could have a European feel.


Careful PAB you risk invoking the rabid car lobby with comments like that.

By No thanks

Quite like the vision, but understand it won’t be to everyone’s taste.

Bottom floors seem a bit over-imposing view from outside.

By Ady

Thank you for correcting me about the Barbican.I saw it for first time in 1982 or thereabouts so that would make sense that it was begun in presumably the late 60s.As for a pedestrianised Oxford road,I can’t think of anything worse.Nothing looks more provincial that main arteries into city centres pedestrianised.Look at the state of Market street.

By Elephant

Oxford Road has quite well bit more going for it than Market Street. Where do you stroll in Manchester? No Ramblas, no parks, river doesn’t make a great walk – Oxford Road could be greened and made access only.


Pab makes a good argument for Oxford road,but why do people always quote Barcelona,as a way our city should look? We haven’t had a glow of sun for 6 weeks and comparing a city in Spain with one here,is futile.A grassed over Oxford road would be a mudpit most of the year and in this city,would just attract the lowest common denominator,like the revamped Piccadilly gardens.I would love us to have a ‘Ramblas’ but sadly we do not have the demograph for anywhere as elegant as that.You only have to walk down Canal street on a Saturday know what a Manc ‘Ramblas’ would be like.You are right about the river.That is a mess.

By Elephant