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Forshaw plots 23-storey Great Ancoats Street tower

Forshaw Land & Property and architect SimpsonHaugh are to hold a public session tomorrow at the Ibis Budget hotel for a proposed 23-storey, 158-apartment building.

The site sits between Adair Street and where Chapeltown Street and Longacre Street join the Great Ancoats Street inner ring road, roughly opposite the hotel, and is currently occupied by low-rise industrial buildings.

Tomorrow’s session runs from 3pm until 7.30. The consultation exercise as a whole will run until 22 November.

Turley is advising the developer on the project, for which a consultation website has been set up. Forshaw said that it intends to deliver a blend of one, tow and three-bedroom apartments at the development, which will have “an initial two-storey base” to accommodate ground floor retail. The website also states that the scheme will include attractive outdoor roof space.

The site sits within the Portugal Street East strategic regeneration framework area, which Manchester City Council consulted on in summer 2017.

The headline summary for this particular SRF, one of several advanced or refreshed by Manchester over the last two years, are that projects should develop a sense of place through bold, distinctive proposals that include significant investment in public realm; should include a sustainable use of mixes; that the skyline should be enhanced by landmark developments; and that a sense of community should be contributed to.

Other projects coming forward in the area include a two-tower development by Olympian Homes and Aecom Capital, which comprises around 340 apartments.

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The assumption that “bold and distinctive” is consistent with creating a sense of place needs challenging. A degree of consistency between neighboring buildings needs to be factored in. Too many schemes trying to be unique (but only unique in the cheapest possible way).

Will these be family homes, for sale to couples? Otherwise, they won’t contribute to creating a community here. More likely they’ll go to the ripe market of transient young-professional types.

By Millenial

Of course they won’t be family homes. This would be an stupid place to have a family. Families need to be as far away from the city as possible, away from pollution, in houses with gardens.


That site is not in Ancoats…

By Millenial

PDM – A rather depressing assumption that the city = pollution. No reason families can’t live in high-rises; this is the case in actual world cities, and should be the case in aspiring ones

By Millenial

…and I for one am glad its not in Ancoats. The target market will surely be predominantly 24-34 like all other city centre schemes. its certainly big and lumpen but its not the worst scheme out there. It certainly isn’t however distinctive or speak to a sense of place. More like an office to live in.

By Zoro

Speaking of Ancoats, whether it’s the 13th coolest place or not there are some dire new builds in that area. We can’t all like the same thing. That would be boring. This is suitable for the location and given the other two towers which are proposed for this area too it has a similar style to those.

By Sherbert_lemon


By Sad

Millenial, nowhere do people choose to raise families in tower blacks, they move to houses in nice areas as soon as they can afford to.


PDM. No they don’t. Don’t be so small minded.


Of course they do. Common sense.


PDM. By saying “nowhere”, you’ve made your point easy to destroy. I will now do so thus (watch):

They do in Amsterdam.

Probably other places too. But they definitely do in Amsterdam.

Point destroyed.

By Millenial

They don’t have houses in Amsterdam anymore? They did when I was there in September, a lot of them, with big gardens, you know, where the affluent families all live. Do some research Millanial, you’re embarrassing yourself.


Yes, there are houses as well as the tower blocks. The tower blocks that families live in.

By Millennial

No real answer then?


PDM – I disproved your point, now troll off

By Millenial