After its previous scheme on the site was refused by Manchester City Council, the developer has revealed an updated design for the mixed-use project, which has seen significant changes to its height and cladding.
The developer, backed by cricketer-turned-presenter Andrew Flintoff, previously put forward plans for a 35-storey tower and a 10-storey block on the site in Castlefield, designed by architect SimpsonHaugh and featuring 386 apartments.
However, following a backlash from local residents and councillors, this was refused at planning committee in October last year, with criticisms over the building’s height and its impact on the Castlefield conservation area.
Following the refusal, SimpsonHaugh and the developer have worked up a fresh design for the site, which has been scaled back significantly to 23 storeys.
Logik is proposing 355 apartments on the site, with the second smaller block to be reconfigured. The revised scheme also includes the redevelopment of the existing Department of Transport building to include apartments and commercial space on the ground floor.
Other changes include greater provision for landscaping and improved public access to the Bridgewater Canal.
The professional team, which also includes Recom Solutions, has worked with community group the Britannia Basin Community Forum on the designs, and will hold a public consultation between 16:00 and 19:00 on Friday 29 March at The Banyan Tree in Hulme.
Logik Developments director Neil Spencer said: “We are delighted to be presenting our redesigned scheme, which we believe captures all of the concerns expressed at the previous planning committee.
“We believe that working with the local community groups and rethinking the project with the design team will result in a development that will have a positive impact on the immediate vicinity and the city as a whole.”
Rachel Haugh of SimpsonHaugh said: ““We greatly enjoyed the process of consultation and design development explored with the Britannia Basin Community Forum. “The outcome is a proposed built form, landscape and pedestrian experience which we believe will contribute positively to the area.”
A spokeswoman for the Britannia Basin Community Forum added: “We are delighted that Logik chose to work with the Britannia Basin Community Forum to address concerns which led to the previous scheme being rejected by the Manchester City Council planning committee.
“This collaborative approach with SimpsonHaugh has been successful to date and we are hopeful of a design that contributes significantly to the community as a whole.”