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Plans in for next Renaker tower as Great Jackson Street masterplan gathers pace

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

The planning application for Renaker’s next addition to what is set to be an extensive tower cluster around Great Jackson Street has been submitted, adding to what architect Ian Simpson has described as “intense” development at the city fringe site.

The application details two buildings, the tallest of which is 51 storeys, reaching a height of 152m, with another 21-storey building alongside. Combined, the two will include 664 one-to-three bedroom apartments.

The site to be developed, known as Plot C, is where the Mancunian Way joins with Chester Road, with Crown Street at the centre of the plot.

According to Simpson, of architect SimpsonHaugh, Renaker hopes to be on site by the end of the year. Deloitte is the planning advisor.

Crown Street is one of the first phases of development within a refreshed masterplan for the Great Jackson Street area, which includes Owen Street, Renaker’s tower cluster currently under construction, and sites owned by DeTrafford, with planning consent for towers of 32, 26, 18 storeys on Olympia Trading Estate, also designed by SimpsonHaugh

The fresh masterplan for the Great Jackson Street area was put forward by Manchester City Council in November, setting a planning context for a part of the city earmarked for more than 6,500 apartments across 23 towers, as well as lower-rise blocks and townhouses.

Great Jackson Street Masterplan

The area off Deansgate is already home to the live construction site delivering Renaker’s 1,508-apartment Owen Street project, made up of four buildings ranging between 64 and 44 storeys in height. The total site covers 19.3 acres.

Speaking to Place North West, Simpson said: “Each tower needs variety, to feel organic. This is an opportunity to create a new neighbourhood. If momentum continues this could be a vast area, with up to 20,000 people living there.

“We talk about increasing the number of homes available near Manchester, and this is really focusing on the use of brownfield sites, which is appropriate. We only want to have to develop once, so it should be quite intense.”

In London, construction is nearly complete on SimpsonHaugh’s contribution to an already diverse skyline, with One Blackfriars, dubbed by some ‘the Boomerang’, joining other distinctive towers with nicknames such as the Cheesegrater, the Walkie Talkie, and Gherkin.

Meanwhile in Manchester, while there have been a recent spate of planning consents for tall buildings, none have strayed from the conventional, straight tower block format.

“Values impact design,” said Simpson. “You can’t do a Blackfriars in Manchester, but that doesn’t mean to say you can’t be ingenious. In Crown Street, there’s a design based around shadows and textures, but you won’t get curves, forget it. That’s impossible for anywhere outside London, or perhaps some parts of New York.

“Great Jackson Street is still a major evolution of the Manchester skyline, on which for a number of years Beetham has been the sole representative. The identity is important, for presenting Manchester internationally, and it shows the city embracing tall buildings, in an appropriate location at the fringe of the centre, and not spreading out into suburbia.”

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That is just the sex!! My new favourite tower!!

By AJD

What an ugly tangle of towers shown on that plan.

By Owens

You need to get out more.

By Bo

I thought the base for this was already being built?

By Elephant

Not nice at all.

By Liver fella

This is lovely. Really high quality cladding and a great addition to the city’s skyline. Glad that this area is coming to life quicker than Liverpool Waters – not that that’s difficult of course

By Anonymous

@Liver fella. I bet you would like it better if it was getting built next to a river.

By Mark Young

Cue Liverpool-Manc argument.

By Same Old

You’ve got to hand it to Renaker they don’t hang about.

By Barny

The new Hulme Crescents circa. 2030

By Jackson Street

Fantastic, more of this please. Showing the world that there’s more to England than London.

By Holy days

More of the same from SimpsonHaugh it seems… have they run out of ideas?

By Millenial

Good to see something different from Simpson, very American, they won’t come cheap!

By Martin

“More of the same from SimpsonHaugh it seems… have they run out of idea?” – sorted that for you Millenial.

By Gene Walker

Amazing get it built ASAP! Sick of all the the moaning from the people that don’t even live in the city! Looks 100 times better than what is there now so what’s the problem?

By Danny kelly

boring

By A