Trinity Islands March 2017
But the interconnecting bridges are gone again in time for the planning application. View as seen from Museum of Science & Industry

Allied submits final ‘exciting and deliverable’ Trinity Islands designs

Click image to launch gallery

Trinity Islands would contain a cluster of towers, including Manchester’s tallest at 67 storeys, across two developments sites straddling the start of Trinity Way next to Regent Road at the border with Salford, linked by a new pedestrian bridge.

There would be two towers of 26 storeys, one of 37, another of 41 and the tallest in Manchester at 67 storeys. Beetham Tower is 47 storeys tall. Renaker is on site at Owen Street with a group of towers, the highest set to be 64 storeys.

Allied said levels 65 and 66 of its tallest skyscraper, named Tower X in the proposal submitted to Manchester City Council, would contain an observation deck and restaurant.

There would be three podiums of three storeys with retail, leisure, fitness and gallery spaces. In total there would be 1,400 residential units.

Allied dubs the scheme, which has gone through several revisions since it was first unveiled at MIPIM 2015, a “vertical village” and is intent on providing a rich mix of amenities from boat club on the River Irwell below to yoga studio at the top of one of the towers.

The architect is Child Graddon Lewis, continuing the practice’s work with Allied London at Leeds Dock.

Apartments will be available to buy or to rent. James Sidlow, project director at Allied London, said: “Trinity Islands will appeal to a wide variety of people with its excellent onsite amenity and community-led retail offering, as well as its sky gardens and lounges that allow residents to relax and unwind. One of the tallest residential schemes in Western Europe, residents will enjoy some of Manchester’s most scenic views. The Trinity Island towers will offer residents the ultimate in convenience, with farmer’s markets, retail units and educational facilities forming the core of a city-centre village. This best-in-class neighbourhood will be a high-street and town square to its inhabitants, boasting independent bars supporting locally-brewed craft beer, cafes, work space, community galleries and event space as well as a new boat club which will benefit from direct access to the River Irwell.”

Michael Ingall, chief executive of Allied London, said: “Trinity Islands is without doubt one of our most ambitious developments so far. This area, at the dissection of two cities, is an incredibly important one and is developing rapidly. Our success in transforming Leeds Docks, the Brunswick Centre Bloomsbury and creating the Chafford Hundred Village in Thurrock via our subsidiary Pelham Homes represents a relevant track record, one that we will require to build a real community on the edge of two cities.

“Allied London is ambitious and motivated to deliver something both exciting and sustainable. We have been delighted with everyone’s interest, from Historic England on the form and design development, to those at the council and everyone commenting via social media. We have been careful to respond to informed, relevant criticism and comment and believe the current design is both exciting and deliverable.

“Continual public engagement and feedback has always been a key part of Allied London’s process and we are always open for any comments on any of our developments.”

Your Comments

Read our comments policy here

Design inspiration from the Costa at Liverpool one!

By Rainbow

Are we really going to be able to sustain all these skyscrapers?There was an announcement of another one at Angel meadows of 41 storeys, very close to the one under construction at NOMA. There are a few in the pipeline for Trinity way, plus St Johns and Owen street,as well as St Michaels.

By Elephant

Costa Liverpool one comes to mind .

By Scott

This is disappointing from Allied London. They talk about high quality design but looking at what they are doing with some of St John’s don’t seem to be delivering. Certainly the original concept stuff looks nothing like these square unimaginative glass towers. #notworldclassdesign

By exLondoner

Hulme Crescents for the 2030’s

By Milton Friedman

It’s improved but it’s still underwhelming. I’m surprised they gave a prestige project like this, and the most prominent building in the city to such a work-a-day firm of architects. You don’t get the impression they’ve strived to create something the city will be proud of.

By Meh

Look fantastic. The design quality is superb.

By Mb

Austeritechecture.

By Jonty

The variety of heights is much better and the viewing platform is exciting.

Nowhere near the same league as Canary Wharf or The Shard though, sadly.

By .

Slab and podium is a bit of a throwback and not a welcome one. It’s also not clear how the slabs relate to the surrounding landscape. You can’t disguise short comings with a bit of coloured cladding.

By Meh

I read an article on this site around a month ago which stated that Manchester/Salford Central area has almost 7,000 residential units being built by 2020 which is more than10 times the number of units being built in Leeds and 2.5 times the number in the pipeline in Birmingham. There is no doubt that Manchester can sustain this level of residential development. The city is retaining more graduates/post graduates than are leaving so the demand is there. I do think however that there should be more new build developments for key workers & student backpackers. At present, key workers, especially in construction, seem to pack out the budget hotels like Travelodge for weeks/months on end.

By Anthony Fallon

The only positive will be that this is likely to be demolished in 20 years time….it’s poor urbanism and cheap low budget architecture. Ingall talks a good game but not really bothered about design and impact on communities. #outoftowner

By Mystic Meg

I fail to see how a £300m project is a budget proposal? I think these look great.

By Tofu

Subscribe to our newsletter