A tower crane is being installed by Renaker at Owen Street in Manchester, in preparation for the construction of the UK’s tallest building outside London, at 66 storeys, or 200 metres.
The building is one of four towers due to be delivered at Renaker’s Castlefield plot; the others will reach 52, 46 and 39 storeys respectively.
The nearby Beetham on Deansgate is 47 storeys, or 169 metres.
Renaker’s project, which started on site in June, will provide 1,508 apartments and penthouses, alongside amenities including lounges, roof garden, swimming pool, indoor tennis court, fully equipped gymnasium, treatment rooms, business facilities, 24/7 concierge and extensive basement parking.
SimpsonHaugh & Partners is the architect. The development is a revision of plans first proposed by West Properties in 2008.
Completion of the project is expected in 2020.
Next door, Beech Holdings is starting on site imminently with the construction of a 13-storey block at the corner of Deansgate and Chester Road, made up of 53 apartments. According to managing director Stephen Beech, the developer has had to book a crane from Spain in order to deliver the project, due to the high level of demand for UK equipment.