Allied London has shared work-in-progress designs for the Trinity Islands large residential element of the emerging St John’s project in central Manchester, designed by architect Child Graddon Lewis.
Michael Ingall, chief executive of Allied London, shared a snippet of the latest redesigns for Trinity Islands on Twitter, following public criticism of the last designs published a fortnight ago.
Critics said the scheme had lost its ambition compared to the original concept designs.
Design challenges facing the 1,200-unit scheme include proximity to the historic Liverpool Road station at the Museum of Science & Industry, and the ‘winter gardens’ in the sky conceived to encourage interaction and meeting points between residents but viewed by government advisor Historic England as making the towers appear too wall-like from a distance where they appear to merge.
This latest design shows the connecting winter garden spaces reintroduced at lower levels and the bridges reinstated.
Ingall wrote: “Trinity Islands some work in progress starting to get some X factor back.”
This is the first major scheme in Manchester by Child Graddon Lewis, which has worked with Allied London in Leeds and London previously.