Unite New Wakefield Street

Plans in for Unite student tower

A planning application is in for the latest SimpsonHaugh-designed tower in Manchester, a 30-storey building at New Wakefield Street for student accommodation provider Unite.

The 573-bedroom scheme was revealed at a public consultation event in June. The project would sit close to the Hodder-designed 37-storey tower Liberty Heights at 1 Great Marlborough Street, which was developed by Student Castle during the last recession.

The developer intends for the vast majority of the accommodation to be arranged in clusters of five to ten bedrooms, with 10% of the space used for studio apartments. Anodised aluminium is proposed as the cladding for the building.

Turley provided planning advice.

The site currently houses the Sound Control music venue and a derelict premises next door, both of which will be demolished. The site abuts the building at 7-9 New Wakefield Street, which is home to The Font bar.

There will be ground floor retail at Unite’s proposed scheme.

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Interesting but feel 5 extra floors would be good…

By Schwyz

Love the design. It’s a marmite one though

By David

I love Marmite – but not this

By Bradford

Can’t decide on this one.

By Elephant

Disgusting. Would be nice to see a conventional shaped tower with a nice crown on the top, rather than these unsightly and wacky shaped monstrosities.

By The Squirrel's Nuts

best student accommodation built in this city for a long time, much better than any of the dross at first street and circle square. more like this please.

By Anon

The old brutalism replaced by kiddies’ building blocks. What happened to elegance and arches?

By Tony Heyes

What an awful design! I will be objecting.

By Millenial

This looks absolutely beautiful, much better than 90% of the ‘anycity’ concrete & glass dross which has been built in MCR in the last 20 years. It will be an iconic structure for Manc just like the equally beautiful, recently built Co-op headquarters.

By Anthony Fallon

This is embarrassing.

By .

Looks like it’s falling down before it’s even constructed, please don’t build it and ruin a cool and quirky area of the city to go out in. Aren’t there enough areas to accommodate students already in our city.

By Julie Spellman

Please send any objections directly to the council here: http://pa.manchester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OTE2BTBCN1600

By Ursula Rothe

Big fan of this design!

By Excited

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