Oxygen Tops Out
The 379,485 sq ft scheme was designed by Jon Matthews Architects

PAG’s £85m Oxygen tops out

Sarah Townsend

The cluster of three residential towers at Manchester’s Store Street has topped out and main contractor Russell WBHO – previously known as Russells Construction – targets full completion next year.

Oxygen, which is being developed by Manchester-based Property Alliance Group, features three towers of 32, 16 and 10 storeys, linked by two lift shafts and comprising a total of 372 one- and two-bedroom apartments and 12 townhouses that each have their own front garden.

The 379,485 sq ft scheme also features penthouses due to be released for sale in September, as well as resident amenity areas, gardens, retail and leisure facilities and car parking. There is also a 25-metre swimming pool, gym, fitness studio, spa, steam room and sauna, a cinema and social room, and residents’ lounge and reception.

The towers are located in the emerging Piccadilly Basin district in the city centre, close to the Northern Quarter and several employment zones.

The architecture studio Jon Matthews Architects designed the scheme. The wedge-shaped Tower 3 features a tiered allotment for use by residents, while Tower 1 incorporates a double-height retail unit on the ground floor.

Victoria Russell, director at Property Alliance Group, said: “We’re impressed with the construction team’s commitment to keeping the project running throughout these challenging times.

“[Oxygen] is going to be a great, welcoming space for our thriving community to enjoy.”

Gareth Russell, joint managing director of Russell WBHO, added: “Oxygen is an impressive development and our largest residential scheme to date, creating a landmark building at the eastern entrance to the city centre.

“Mitigation of the recent Covid-19-related difficulties has been meticulously managed by our project team and we’re topping out the development as planned.”

Russell WBHO will continue construction of the building envelope until the end of the year before starting a nine-month fit out. Completion is expected before the end of 2021.

The scheme is “an exciting mix of high-quality homes with enviable amenities and a significant amount of outdoor green space for a city centre high-rise”, according to John Crellin, director at Jon Matthews Architects.

“Seeing this building progress is extremely satisfying.”



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Looks spectacular… looking forward to seeing the cladding commence.

By Anonymous

I passed here the other day while I was working and looked up and thought, more expensive appartments with 372 new flats with 1bed and 2bed appartments. These have got a swimming pool, gym, spa, sauna, also a cinema, social room and a residents room. I wonder how much these are? Are these affordable? I’m going to find out next couple of days.

By Darren.

Very affordable Darren, in fact many have already been sold

By Lol

Exactly my thoughts @ Anonymous, hopefully it’s a nicer colour than the current grey concrete

By Anonymous 2

Another disaster imposed on Manchester’s skyline. Dull grey cladding is not necessarily worse than other buildings’ – but they don’t have the sheer monstrous bulk of this thing.

And of course its creators are using the trite adjective “landmark” as if it’s a good thing.

By W

This looked great in CGIs but is fairly uninspiring and boxy up close. I will reserve judgement until it is finished.

By Observer

I have to agree that concern over grey cladding may not be the wisest choice in a city as grey as Manchester. It’s not like we’re in Hawaii here. Otherwise good to see more developments on Great Ancoats Street. Just let’s stop with grey (and purple for that matter. There is no excuse for purple in architecture)


@Anonymous…Unless I’m mistaken, the cladding is what you can see going up now. Not massively inspiring.

By Allotmentdad2

The oxygen development of luxury 3blocks of apartments on store street. What I’ve found on their website. The prices are from FROM ONLY £240,000 1bed flats and 2bed flats FROM ONLY £315,000 . The 12 townhouses with a front garden are FROM ONLY £510,000. Are these properties affordable?

By Darren born bred Salford

Not exactly rooms with a view.

By L1

Do any speculators (sorry, property developers) care about, let alone read, any of these readers letters?

By James Yates

Really gorgeous design. Gorge. Will transform central Manchester into a nice place to live.


By Grey

Rule-of-thumb to judge an envelope: if the concrete frame looks more elegant than the facade then it’s bad cladding…

By North by North-West

@Darren born bred Salford. Those prices are incredibly affordable for the location. Have a look at other cities around the world for similar locations and you would probably be paying double. There are cheaper neighbourhoods in Greater Manchester, many of which are really quite pleasant. But if you want to live in the most desirable neighbourhood, which considering the huge amount of interest and prices is the inner city ring, then there is going to be an extra price to pay here.