Great Jackson Street, Reanker, P.Renaker
The buildings will provide almost 1,000 homes. Credit: via Renaker

Renaker tables proposals for 1,000-home skyscrapers  

Dan Whelan

The residential tower specialist has lodged a planning application with Manchester City Council for two 51-storey buildings, the latest phase of the Great Jackson Street masterplan to come forward. 

A total of 988 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments would be provided within the SimpsonHaugh-designed scheme. 

Located within the Great Jackson Street masterplan at the southern end of the city centre core, each of the skyscrapers would feature co-working space, as well as a gym and lounges. 

Externally, each building would have a private residents garden, accessed directly from the ground floor amenity space. 

The towers would be built on plot F of the Great Jackson Street masterplan, which wraps around the southern corner of Deansgate Square. 

Both towers feature chamfered edges incrementally increasing and decreasing every five storeys, creating a dynamic vertical movement up the tower, the developer said. 

Deloitte Real Estate is the planning consultant and TPM Landscape is the landscape architect. 

A Renaker representative said: “This planning submission represents another significant step in our journey to revitalise the Great Jackson Street area, and deliver, subject to approval, the aspirations of Manchester City Council’s Great Jackson Street Strategic Regeneration Framework, through the creation of high-quality new homes set within two striking unique towers, along with extensive public realm.” 

Elsewhere within Great Jackson Street, Renaker has completed the four-tower, 1,500-home Deansgate Square, while a further 1,529 new homes are under construction across Elizabeth Tower, Circle and the Blade.  

Nearby, plans for Park Place, a scheme featuring 1,037 apartments across two 56-storey towers, were approved by Manchester City Council in August. 

The developer behind the £350m Park Place is Great Jackson Street Estates, controlled by Salford-based investor Aubrey Weis, which owns Plot G within the Great Jackson Street masterplan. 

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Great design. Get them built!

By Steve

Excellent. These in addition to the blade and cylinder will give a different look to the existing skyscrapers there.

By Anonymous

Great news and they cannot get them built fast enough at the moment and they will be occupied very soon after completion.
Manchester and Salford City Councils are in urgent need now to find suitable accommodation for some of the many thousands of asylum seekers that will be arriving in the North West after they have been processed and this will reduce the need for them putting pressure on social housing.

By Mr Paul Griffiths

Going by this picture I would say they are an upgrade on the existing ones at Deansgate Square.

Would be interesting to see a different colour to break things up a bit. A light Gold, or a variation in the hue of the glass maybe.

By MrP

Queue all the usual moaners on here who probably live no where near the development. Fact is we need more homes and the only way is up in the city center. Look good to me these, do hope the brick towers in this framework see the light of day though to bring some nice variation.

By Bob

I like the design but… the height is too uniform with the other buildings. I think there needs to be some variation. It slightly reminds me of the GM towers in Detroit.

By Chris

Super, fantastic, brilliant! Well done once again to Renaker! Really looking forward to these are ‘taking off’ and becoming a cluster of skyscrapers I’ve so been longing for in Manchester. With the Great Jackson Street masterplan, proposals for a Skyscraper at the First Street development, Viadux, the Beetham tower, Axis tower and Trinity Island proposals not so far away, hopefully we start to see our own City of Manchester/Salford ‘square mile’ like in London!

By Vertical City

This is going to be quite a cluster when they get all of them (currently another six) built. The other four planned for Trinity way are similar heights. I agree we need more height variation. I’d like to see something north of 70 stories with the kind of pediment King Kong could swing from.

By Anonymous

Yayy for density! Nayy for more SimpsonHaugh mediocrity? Will there be a single interesting and high-quality building in that entire street by the end, or will we keep delivering these unimaginative, developer-lite skyscrapers? Neither elegant nor captivating, it’s not like SimpsonHaugh doesn’t know how to do proper architecture :/

By Anonymous