The developer expects to submit a planning application for its Trinity Islands tower cluster in Manchester’s St John’s district later this month.
The proposals for the ‘vertical village’, close to the Museum of Science & Industry and the historic Liverpool Road railway station, were first trailed at MIPIM 2015 by chief executive Mike Ingall, and designs were revealed at a public event in August.
Allied’s scheme includes 1,200 homes in six interconnected towers. Following criticism during the public consultation that the scheme appeared less ambitious than had initially been proposed, Allied and architect Child Graddon Lewis announced it would be amending the designs.
Changes to the plans include the winter gardens, conceived to encourage interaction and meeting points for residents, being placed at a lower height, and reinstating the interconnecting bridges which had been removed from the earlier proposals.
The £1.3bn St John’s neighbourhood, encompassing the 13-acre former ITV Granada studios and surrounding area, is being delivered by Allied with Manchester City Council. Other buildings in the St John’s pipeline include Tower One, a 36-storey PRS tower, and Central Village, a 270,000 sq ft mix of commercial, retail and live/work space.
St John’s Place, a 52-storey building made up of apartments and a hotel, was granted planning permission in October, while the £110m Factory arts complex went in for planning in November.