Developer DeTrafford Estates has submitted a full planning application for three towers on the Olympia trading estate between Great Jackson Street and Owen Street in Manchester.
The SimpsonHaugh-designed scheme, close to the Castlefield conservation area, comprises three towers, of 37, 31 and 23 storeys – 32, 26 and 18 respectively above a five-floor podium level – offering a combined total of 399 apartments and 50 retirement flats, along with a rooftop restaurant and 7,200 sq ft of commercial space. Paul Butler Associates has filed the application on behalf of DeTrafford.
The site is currently home to light industrial units which are to be demolished, and sits next to Renaker’s cluster of four towers in Owen Street, the tallest of which will be 66 storeys. Construction at Owen Street, the first major scheme to come forward under the Great Jackson Street development framework, started last autumn.
The shortest of DeTrafford’s blocks will be built in the western part of the site, with the taller buildings towards the Owen Street side. Of the 399 apartments, 240 will be two-bedroom, 132 one-bedroom and 27 three-bedroom.
In the planning statement, Paul Butler said that DeTrafford is currently preparing a development appraisal as to affordable housing and viability, which it will submit following the application.
The planning statement’s conclusion said: “The scheme will continue the regeneration of this part of the city centre, which has long been in decline, and will act as a catalyst for the redevelopment of other sites. The site has been shown to be a suitable and sustainable location for new development.”
The professional team also includes ecologist Urban Green, Curtins on transport advice, Watt Consulting Engineers, Redmore Environmental on air quality, light consultant GIA and DEP Landscape Architecture.