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SimpsonHaugh is the architect for the scheme

McAlpine JV plots 31-storey tower at Swan Street

Charlie Schouten

A joint venture of Sir Robert McAlpine, Britannia Group, Prime Developers, and Foundation Real Estate is holding a public consultation today on plans to build a 31-storey residential-led development on Manchester’s Swan Street.

The joint venture, Cable Swan Limited, is bringing forward a SimpsonHaugh designed development on the site of Swan House, which sits on the corner of Swan Street and Rochdale Road. The plot also borders Cable Street to the rear. It sits directly opposite Angel Gardens, Moda’s 35-storey PRS scheme, which is currently being built by Caddick.

Cable Swan’s proposals are to demolish existing buildings on the site, including industrial units bordering Cable Street, and to build two towers of 31 and 13 storeys. These will feature 358 build-to-rent apartments along with 12 serviced apartments and more than 4,000 sq ft of ground-floor retail space, as well as improved public realm.

While Swan House is set to be demolished, other buildings fronting Swan Street, starting with the building currently used as the Chinese Women Society, will be retained.Swan House 03

McAlpine is set to act as main contractor on the project which has a three-year construction programme.

Along with architect SimpsonHaugh, the professional team includes GVA How as planner; Curtins as structural engineer; and Gardiner & Theobald as cost consultant; and Open as landscape architect.

The plans will be on show at a consultation today between 3pm and 7pm, being held at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Manchester.

Awais Shahid, operations director at Britannia Group, said: “New Cross is undergoing a period of extensive change and we are excited to bring forward plans that will transform this gateway site. Our proposals include new public realm that will contribute to a wider city strategy to join up New Cross, the Northern Quarter and the rest of the city centre.”

John Parnell, project development director at Sir Robert McAlpine, said: “Our plans will deliver significant housing stock for the area contributing to the ambitious targets set by the Government, as well as regional and local jobs, particularly during the three-year construction programme.”

On its Companies House listing, Cable Swan Limited lists Mohammad Jamil of Britannia Group, Mohammad Ajmal, and Robert Wotherspoon of Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures as directors. The company was incorporated on 22 September 2016 with Ajmal and Jamil as directors, while Wotherspoon was appointed in March.

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Do Simpson-Haugh architect everything in Manchester then?

By Rob Hardwick

Rob, no they don’t, but they are Manchester’s, and the North’s largest architecture practice.

By York Street

Quite like the curved building that this is replacing. Looks like that style is the latest to be out of favour nowadays. really wish some new developments could retain some of the interesting features of buildings, which whilst not mind-blowing, at least reflect some point in history. Similar with the clock and façade that is going at the bottom of Quay Street for the new tower at St Johns, would’ve made a great entrance to the skyscraper. Ho hum, bland we go…

By Loganberry

Hundres more built to rent flats priced to exclude the low-waged and families. Doing nothing to promote a mixed population or to help people get on the housing ladder. Another dull design too.

By Scott

Agree with Loganberry about the building at St Johns.That little white building with the clock should have been saved.

By Elephant

I wish Mr Simpson would design something more interesting for his home city.

By Steve

It’s only right that the city want the best designs so they want only the finest architects to do it. Simpson Haugh are ones to do it.

By A Gaudi

Rob the council will tell you that they are open to everybody and what they are after is good design. Its just sheer luck that Simpson and Deloitte are on all of the major projects.

By Bday

A Gaudi, you’re trolling right?

By Ha

Wow•••••I absolutely love the cladding and windows & the overall design, it also looks from the cgi that it’s weather resistant as well so it won’t get visibly dirty, as opposed to the white concrete cladded 4☆ Hotel on the opposite side of the road which is filthy looking & hasn’t had a repaint since it was built 8-10 years ago.

By Bilderburg Attendee

Can’t really understand any complaints.

Bday – You do realise this is GVA, not Deloitte?

By A.Watcher

Not complaining about the design, just commenting that every tall building being proposed is architected by SH. Manchester could do with a bit more variety.

By Anonymous

It is really a great idea by developers having high quality of worth , design and location.


Yawn, yet more PRS in Manchester. Can’t wait for the bubble to burst and all these PRS apartments begin to be sold on the cheap.

By Anonymous