To be located within a cluster of Renaker-developed skyscrapers, the 210-place primary school is expected to open in September 2023.
Manchester City Council has agreed to provide capital funding for the project of £2.7m between 2022 and 2024, as well as allocating £3.5m from its education budget.
The funds, totalling £6.2m, were signed off by the council’s executive earlier this week.
“The new school will serve the growing number of families already living in the city centre as well as helping to attract more families to the area,” according to the council.
The authority has been working in partnership with developer Renaker on plans for the school, which is being delivered as part of a wider residential development.
Also featuring a 26-place nursery, the school would be located on a plot between Crown Street phases one and two.
Phase one features the completed Victoria Residence and the near-complete Elizabeth Tower. Phase two comprises two 51-storey towers, Blade and Three60, both currently in the early stages of construction.
A public consultation on the new school is currently underway and is open until 15 November, after which the council will seek proposals from potential sponsors for the school.
A recommendation of a preferred sponsor will then be made to the Regional Schools Commissioner who will decide on the most suitable proposer to take forward the school.
Cllr Garry Bridges, executive member for children and schools at Manchester City Council, said: “This is a big moment for Manchester and a big statement on what we want our city centre to be – a family friendly place with lots of homes and jobs for all.
“People want to make the city centre their home and so it’s important for us to provide the infrastructure they need to enable them to do this through every stage of their lives. Having a good local school on their doorstep is what every family wants and our city centre residents deserve no less.”
The school would be three storeys with play facilities located on the roof.
Advice from Places Matter encourages Renaker to “seek something extraordinary” in terms of the school’s design and pointed to Antonio Gaudi’s Casa Mila in Barcelona “with its amazing sculptural roofscape” as an exemplar.
It was originally proposed that the school would be located within the podium connecting Blade and Three60 but this was revised after further consideration of factors including noise and air quality.
The relocation of the school site also allows for a larger public park as part of Crown Street phase two.
The project team for Crown Street includes Deloitte as planning consultant and SimpsonHaugh as architect.