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PLANNING | Great Northern, Tonkin Liu tower, 32-storey student block gain consent

Yesterday’s Manchester planning committee also saw approval granted to Trilogy and Peterson’s £300m regeneration of the Great Northern warehouse, Downing’s plans for a 32-storey student scheme to replace the abandoned concrete frame on River Street, and the Civic Quarter Heat Network, featuring a distinctive Tonkin Liu-designed Tower of Light.


Great Northern

Great Northern Warehouse

Developer: Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson

Architect: SimpsonHaugh & Partners

Planner: Deloitte Real Estate

Apartments: 142

Scheme: The £300m project includes a listed building consent as the developers look to rework the Great Northern warehouse into a scheme offering 22,000 sq ft of food and beverage space, 3,000 sq ft of retail, a 17,000 sq ft gym, a redesigned Great Northern Square and a new pedestrian street, named Dean Street. The consent covers two phases, but not the redevelopment of the Leisure Box.

Energy centre for Civic Quarter Heat Network

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Developer: Vital Energi

Architect: Tonkin Liu, with Arup as engineer

Planner: Turley

Scheme: The £18m scheme comprises a combined heat and power energy centre and accompanying Tower of Light, next to Manchester Central, which will power a series of key civic and commercial buildings in the area.

River Street

River Street Jan 2017

Developer: Downing Students

Architect: SimpsonHaugh & Partners

Planner: Deloitte Real Estate

Storeys: 32, 10 and 5

Bed spaces: 802

Scheme: The site next to the Mancunian Way is currently occupied by a six-storey concrete frame and previously had consent for a 42-storey tower including 600 apartments. It was acquired by Downing in November last year.

Didsbury High School

Didsbury High

Developer: The Laurus Trust

Architect: Pozzoni Architecture

Scheme: The secondary school and sixth form, due to open in September 2019, will cater for 1,350 students. It is proposed as a free school by the Laurus Trust, which runs Cheadle Hulme High School. The site has had outline consents for offices, then residential and a hotel but has largely remained vacant save for the One Disbury Point office building fronting Princess Road and The Boulevard. It was formerly part of the Withington Hospital complex. The proposal includes a four-storey school building, sports hall, grass pitch and multi-use games area.

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Always a good sign for any city when we are building new schools!

By Schwyz

Wonderful news.

Hopefully that River St eyesore will finally be sorted and the Great Northern looks better with every look. The square is great and look at that new outdoors space instead of the AMC ticket booth, lovely stuff!!

By .

I love the Great Northern scheme. It would be nice to have a classy market in it like the ones you see in European cities.

By Elephant

River Street is a great spot for a tall building. It’s a shame that it’s going to get a dull slab. If only we could move Hodder’s St. Michael’s tower here….then we’d really be onto something.

By Gene Walker