Forshaw 2
The site is occupied by the single-storey Victoria House

Plans in for latest Portugal East scheme

Dan Whelan

Developer Forshaw has submitted an application for a 25-storey residential tower on Great Ancoats Street, as part of the Portugal Street East regeneration.

The Simpson Haugh-designed project would deliver 177 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

The ground floor would provide 1,700 sq ft of retail, a 1,300 sq ft gym and a residents lounge and co-working space totalling 1,300 sq ft.

The site, bounded by Great Ancoats Street, Longacre Street and Epworth Street, is currently occupied by the single-storey Victoria House, home to the Safe Deposit Centre, and will be demolished as part of the development.

It is understood the Safe Deposit Centre is looking at relocation options.

Turley is the planning consultant, ReForm is the landscape architect and Curtins is advising on transport matters.

The plans are the latest to be brought forward in the ongoing regeneration of Portugal Street East district, which also includes Capital & Centric’s Crusader and Phoenix residential projects; Far East Consortium’s Addington Street and the two-tower development being brought forward by a joint venture between Aecom and Olympian Homes.

Forshaw GAS Tower

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Another typically mundane Simpson Haugh design. Give me strength!

By Steve

Yawn, looks pants.

By Acelius

I think it’s time to let other architects have a go now. Tim Groom has shown immense talent with his recent work. I think we’re all getting a bit sick of samey Simpson boxes.

By Anonymous

Looks just like Angel Gardens only shorter and 5 years behind!!! Boring!

By Griff

This really is paint by numbers Simpson Haugh. I’m sure it will be well executed, but God it’s dull

By Bradford

Looks absolutely fine and in keeping with other developments along GAS. We don’t want streets of differing styles each screaming for attention.

By Sense

Comments in here are hilarious. What do people expect…… The Guggenheim. It’s an apartment block not a landmark public building.

Looks good. Tasteful and understated. Development is very much needed in this location. Get it built.


Do the people of Manchester not deserve balconies?

By Aaron

Mmm. Using the old trick of showing a tower at night normally means the design is a tad bland when its daylight. However, this one looks OK to me.

By Depressed Latic

I like this. Manchester looks amazing these days and the energy in the city is unbeatable outside of London, despite the rancid comments on here.
However I do think it’s time to start adding more variety and tailoring designs to look more Manc.
It needs more signature builds now.

By Anonymous

Anonymous is right. Manchester needs to move up a year now. It has no regional rival in England and needs to be competing with peer cities in Europe now.

By Elephant

Calm down calm down

By Simpson