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A planning application for the project is due in late summer or early autumn. Credit: Renaker

Renaker consults on 42-storey Greengate skyscraper 

Dan Whelan

The tower is the second to come forward within the developer’s wider Salford masterplan, following the 50-storey Collier’s Yard. 

Renaker, which is delivering the three-tower Greengate scheme through its AQ Investments subsidiary, lodged a building control application for the second phase last month, as revealed by Place North West. 

The developer is now seeking feedback from residents on its proposals for the 42-storey development, which is to have between between 420 and 444 apartments.

The tower would be built on plot C of the site, bounded by Collier Street, Boond Street and Trinity Way and close to Anaconda Cut, another Renaker project.  

Under the plans, the skyscraper would feature a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and townhouses, as well as 14,000 sq ft of commercial space. 

The public consultation on the proposals closes on 6 August.

Colliers Yard, Renaker, Salford

Colliers Yard is under construction

A reserved matters application is due to be submitted to Salford City Council later this summer or in early autumn, according to Renaker.

The authority granted outline consent for the 42-storey building on plot C last year, while giving full consent for Collier’s Yard.

Initially, the plan was that the plot C tower would be constructed last of the three but the phasing of the scheme has now changed. Tweaks to the schedule mean that the tower fronting Trinity Way is to be delivered next, followed by a 41-storey block on Queens Street, next to Collier’s Yard. 

Collier’s Yard, the tallest of the three towers, comprises 559 apartments and started on site last summer.  

Renaker was granted £37.5m from the GM Housing Investment Loans Fund for Collier’s Yard late last year.  

The wider Greengate project, designed by OMI Architects, will feature more than 1,500 homes when complete. 

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Another Bland box design from Renaker.

By D W

No doubting Renaker have been good for GM, however I really hope they have something more imaginative planned for Trinity Islands when that kicks off as this is getting boring now. This latest one is the worst of the lot imo

By Bob

Obviously, the Renaker business model is ‘most apartments possible on the smallest building plot possible’, and not about selling apartments with a view, because the towers are so proximate, each blocks the others’ otherwise fantastic view.
It is noteworthy that Manchester and Liverpool are copying the US model of inter-city property development and not the European model: tower blocks not neighborhoods.

By James Yates

I think that this will sit well with the other proposals on this site. It won’t win any prizes but it is part of another cluster. There are few cities with one skyscraper cluster let alone two. I know it’s Salford before the purists start.

By Elephant

Deansgate Square, Castle Wharf, Elizabeth Tower, Blade, Circle and Collier’s Yard are all different shapes (apart from 4 x DS), and the one that is a ‘box’ – ET – is an exceptional building.

By Anon

What they’ve done is super-impressive, but it should’nt be the de-facto model for Manchester, its just not great urbanism.

By Rich X

For me this latest proposal is better than Collier’s Yard. You can tell it’s part of the soon-to-be Greengate trilogy but is still different in it’s own way. The colours work with Anaconda Cut and the podium is pretty decent too offering 4 retail units. A little refining needed but nothing too much.

By Andrew

They’ve taken the design template set up by Collier’s Yard and butchered it

By Denizen

Looks like the roof space will be wasted again, a little more imagination needed please. Thinner, taller with a different colour and roof.

Would love to see something different, something resembling the Mercury City Tower in Moscow would be nice, though probably beyond the budget…

By MrP

Such negativity with passion on these comments. I for one think the jobs this company creates in our community are superb, construction didn’t stop during lockdown so that’s a lot of families taken care of and the job security looks like it’s going to continue with all these future builds.

By Jemma

Take it from someone who lives in one of these developments, you might not have feelings for the outside of the building but it’s certainly a masterpiece inside! Manchester needed something like this, I’m a fan obviously

By Selina

I love it. I think what they’re doing is fantastic, we need more high quality homes in the city centre. It’s remarkable what’s happening to Manchester. I don’t have an issue with the design; the type of designs that would be acceptable some of the commentators on here would cost a fortune, and no doubt they would then be complaining about the price of them too…

These are quality skyscrapers. This is a level of urban regeneration not seen outside of capital cities! Keep them coming!

By MB

As I have said what Renaker are doing for Manchester is fantastic, maybe I am being a little to hard on this building, just imo I think the random cladding looks so cheap. My main point was I hope they have something really special planned for Trinity Islands as Manchester is crying out for a signature tall. Fingers crossed as if anyone can deliver it its them.

By Bob

Another eyesore on our beautiful land.

By Tyskie 51

Renaker are very committed to Gtr Manchester it is good to see, if only they would spread the love around the NW more we would have a great region.

By Just saying!