Renaker Greengate, 3 P.planning Documents
Construction of the tower (right) would begin in January subject to planning approval. Credit: via planning documents

Plans in for Renaker’s 43-storey Salford tower

Dan Whelan

The developer has lodged an application with the city council for a 444-apartment building, the second part of its Greengate cluster.  

Designed by Denton Corker Marshall, the tower would be built on a plot bounded by Trinity Way, Collier Street and Boond Street. 

The 371,000 sq ft building would feature 7,000 sq ft of commercial space on the ground floor as well as a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. 

Renaker, which won outline approval for the three-tower Greengate scheme last year, lodged a building control application for the second phase last month, as revealed by Place North West. 

Renaker is already on site at Greengate delivering the 52-storey Colliers Yard, designed by OMI Architects, the first building to come forward in the masterplan. 

Colliers Yard is expected to complete by January 2024 and construction of the second tower is due to begin next January, subject to planning approval.

The third tower, which has outline consent for 518 units, is scheduled to complete in 2028.

In total, Renaker’s Greengate trio will provide almost 1,500 homes. 

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My god these towers are so bland. Manchester has the most unimaginative skyline ever. Why does every tower need to be so square. One heritage project was very promising but they are making changes to it, I really hope they won’t ditch the shape because it would be the only skyscraper in Manchester that stands out. I wonder how much money they pay to those ‘architects’ for drawing rectangles.

By Michael

Brilliant area this now, on what was wasteland and surface car parks, knowing Renaker this will be built by this time next year. Cue all the usual comments from the tower haters. Facts are that Britain needs more housing stock, so long may these high rise city developments continue. Much better than building on Greenbelt.

By Bob

The greengate area of Salford is now a place full of sky high appartment blocks and a lot more are planned for this area.

By Darren Born Bred

Well, can’t say it’s the wrong place for skyscrapers now, along with Deansgate square there’s loads of them!

By Anonymous

Boxy towers for the win! This is a great addition to the skyline and great to welcome back Denton Corker Marshall who I expect will continue their relationship with Renaker on the 3rd tower.

By Andrew

Definitely not a tower hater, nor do I think the Renaker towers are architecturally poor, but you suspect as time moves on we will realise a) they are much less sustainable than mid-rise b) they are function of both NIMBYism and green belt fetishism, we shouldn’t be compelled to build at super density to accommodate housing growth.

By Rich X

The apartments when they are completed for occupation even if they are not already sold should have the Council tax paid for by the developers to bring in revenue to the LA.

By Paul griffiths

Better than a surface car park I suppose!
Having said that, wouldn’t mind seeing an alternative style of roof or even the incorporation of balconies lower down a tower.

By MrP

I hope the Blade and the Cylinder add a bit of variety to the shapes at Jackson’s. Would be nice if one of the new towers had a pediment of some sort, Nice problem to have though. I’m near Brum these days and wouldn’t mind a few more down here.

By BlackcountryDave

The building of “skyscrapers “ in the city is surely a good thing. They are replacing the god awful Victorian monstrosities which have long since fallen into decay and for decades have been a blight on the landscape. Manchester is a vibrant city and shouldn’t be held back by small minded cretins stuck in a 1970s mindset.

By John Green

A truly bizarre contribution from John Green.

The Victorian era was some 80 years before the 1970s and most of these skyscrapers are being built on surface car parks. It’s the contrast between the modern and the Victorian / Edwardian grand commercial and somewhat less grand industrial buildings that makes Manchester such a stimulating visit.

By Queen Vic

Vancouver has one of the most impressive skylines in the world and is made up mostly boxy glass towers. Every tower does not need to be unique in design but rather in keeping with the area where towers are in a cluster. In 15 years time Manchester will also have one of the best skylines in the world. Of course there will be many NIMBYs who are stuck in the 70s that will complain about these towers which are a sign progress in Manchester, but that’s why they are where they are and progressive developers like Renaker are leading the way.

By New Wave

If this new tower is to be bordered by trinity way, collier street and boond street then what is to happen to the locally very important Eagle Inn on Collier Street? The Eagle was specifically mentioned in Salford Councils Greengate masterplan as of great cultural significance to the area. In your artists impression picture the Eagle Inn appears to have been demolished and replaced with a white box commercial building, so is that the plan then Renaker?

By Stuart