Manchester City Council and developer Renaker are set to agree a deal to deliver a 4,400 sq ft medical space, a public park, and a 14,000 sq ft educational facility as part of the wider Crown Street project, the first phase of which features apartment blocks of 52 and 21 storeys.
The site, which forms part of the council’s Great Jackson Street framework, is due to host a cluster of towers, many of which will be residential. Renaker’s scheme, designed by SimpsonHaugh, is the first to come forward with the developer-builder already starting groundworks this year.
As part of a deal due to be signed off by Manchester City Council’s executive on Wednesday, Renaker has agreed to provide a 4,400 sq ft medical space at ground floor level of one of the buildings, which will be accessed off Chester Road.
The developer has also agreed to provide 14,000 sq ft of educational space located over two floors within buildings at Plot C, with its own separate access. Renaker will also be required to provide a public park as it builds out the site.
Both the medical space and the educational space will be shell-and-core to allow the council and the eventual occupiers to specify the final layout, fit-out, and finish.
According to the council report, the medical space will be delivered with the first phase of Crown Street – the 52 and 21 storey towers – while the educational facility will be delivered as part of a second phase.
To mitigate risk, the council has said it would add a condition to any planning consent for the second phase; this will mean if work does not begin within 12 months, Renaker will be required to provide a hard-surfaced car park to be operated by the council. As part of the deal, Manchester City Council will agree to dispose of its leasehold interests at Crown Street to Renaker on a 999-year basis, although the council will retain the freehold.
The Crown Street plot borders Deansgate Square, where Renaker is already delivering 1,508 apartments in four buildings ranging between 64 and 44 storeys.
Overall, the Great Jackson Street masterplan is set to include more than 5,500 apartments in range of buildings reaching up to 50 storeys.
Other schemes earmarked for the area include DeTrafford’s tower cluster, referred to as Plot E. Plans were submitted for the SimpsonHaugh-designed scheme in September last year, and the proposals include three towers of 37, 31, and 23 storeys, housing 399 apartments and 50 retirement flats, alongside a rooftop restaurant and 7,200 sq ft of commercial space.