PLANNING | Towers head bumper Manchester agenda

Renaker’s 51-storey building at Crown Street and Unite’s amended New Wakefield Street project are among the key developments to be discussed by Manchester’s planning committee next week.

Also going before committee are the plans for a major hotel on Potland Street,  Prosperity’s plans for residential at the former Boddington’s brewery site in Strangeways and Boultee Brooks’ redevelopment of the former LSH offices in Mosley Street, along with the mixed PRS and hotel scheme proposed by Glenbrook and Peel at Cornbrook.

Recommended for approval

79 Mosley Street

79 Mosley CGI

Developer: Boultbee Brooks Real Estate

Architect: PRP

Planner: Zerum

Scheme: Boultbee Brooks, also behind Core in Brown Street and Mosley Street’s Hyphen, submitted plans in January for 19,000 sq ft of offices on upper floors and around 8,000 sq ft of flexible/retail space at ground and lower ground floor level.

Recommended for approval

55 Portland Street

55 Portland Street March 2018

Developer: Property Alliance Group/Clayton Hotel

Architect: Stephenson Studio

Planner: GVA How Planning

Scheme: Irish hotel group Dalata’s four-star Clayton brand will occupy the former office site with a 329-bedroom hotel. Construction is already underway on a smaller hotel on the adjacent plot.

Recommended for approval

Crown Street

Great Jackson Street Masterplan

Developer: Renaker

Architect: SimpsonHaugh & Partners

Planner: Deloitte

Floors: 51 and 21

Apartments: 664

Scheme: The masterplan for the Great Jackson Street gateway area was refreshed in late 2017, setting a planning context for intensive development of residential towers. This scheme is at Plot C, where the Mancunian Way joins Chester Road.

Minded to approve

Cornbrook Hub

SR Glenbrook Cornbrook

Glenbrook’s PRS buildings, designed by Sheppard Robson

Developer: Glenbrook, Peel

Architect: Sheppard Robson, Leach Rhodes Walker

Planner: GVA How Planning

Floors: 11-15

Apartments: 280

Hotel beds: 242 

Scheme: Glenbeook’s 280-apartment PRS scheme, designed by Sheppard Robson, is to be built in two buildings of 14 and 15 storeys each and has been submitted for full planning permission, with Peel’s part of the scheme – a 155-bedroom hotel and an 88-unit aparthotel, going for outline consent.

Minded to approve

1-5 New Wakefield Street


Developer: Unite Students

Architect: SimpsonHaugh & Partners

Planner: Turley

Floors: 32

Apartments: 603

Scheme: Initial plans were put forward in July 2017 and approved in December, the scheme was resubmitted in April with two additional storeys and different cladding. Approval is subject to signing of a legal agreement in relation to infrastructure improvements.

Minded to approve

 Old Brewery Gardens

Old Brewery Gardens 5

Developer: Prosperity Capital Partners

Architect: Assael

Planner: Deloitte

Floors: 26, 23, 17, 12

Apartments: 556

Commercial space: 38,000 sq ft

Scheme: Two buildings, one partly 26 storeys and partly 23 storeys, to be built on the eastern section of the former brewery site. Approval is subject to the signing of a section 106 agreement in relation to a pedestrian crossing across New Bridge Street and a financial contribution to offsite affordable housing.

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All look great. Get them approved!

By Steve

Fantastic scale and pace of developement for the city

By Dan

Unite, grim.

By sad

Can anyone confirm the cladding/facade material of 55 Portland?


55 Portland St letting the side down. Looks like a prison hospital.

By Odd one out

Why anyone takes Stephenson Studio seriously is beyond me

By Anonymous

I can confirm 55 Portland Street is clad in a composite material made out of broken promises, disappointment, 1970s Hulme, ennui, off-cuts from the set of Blade Runner, the urine smell on the stairs of multi story car parks, penny pinching design and planning failure.
I hope that helps.

By Ben

Manchester really defining a distinct identity here.

What a ragbag of over-scale half-baked knock-off designs. Grim for future residents of the city centre!

By Shanghai Dweller

Great to see, the city is booming. I can’t believe how busy it is nowadays, so many apartments especially.

By Pasty

I like the Old Brewery development.It looks like it should be on a sweeping boulevard in Moscow.

By Elephant

PRS mmmmm are they really ? Well we shall see .

By Roberto

PAG have absolutely massacred Stephenson’s original design for Portland Street. What was extremely promising is now cheap, nasty and ugly in the extreme. If the planning committee have any sense they’d send this application back to the drawing board. This plot is too important to mess up.

By Cost engineered

Most of them are horrible. Only Manchester could build something like 1-5 New Wakefield Street.

By Liver Fella