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SimpsonHaugh designed Victoria House

Salboy-Forshaw advances next phase of Piccadilly East

Dan Whelan

Demolition contractor Frank O’Gara & Sons has been instructed to knock down the Manchester Safe Deposit Centre on Great Ancoats Street, paving the way for the 177-apartment Victoria House, part of the burgeoning neighbourhood.

Designed by SimpsonHaugh, the 25-storey development was one of several major schemes to be approved by Manchester City Council’s three-person planning panel last summer, set up to determine planning applications during the first Covid-19 lockdown.

Victoria House forms part of the Piccadilly East masterplan, which features various projects at different stages of development.

Capital & Centric is delivering the 275-bedroom Leonardo Hotel, while Packaged Living recently won approval for its 350-apartment build-to-rent scheme, called the Castings. Nearby, the Fairfax, Olympian Homes’s 488-apartment scheme, was granted final approval by Manchester City Council in March, more than a year after the scheme was green lit at planning committee.

Turley is the planning consultant and Domis is the lead contractor for the Victoria House project.

Domis and Forshaw are working together across three schemes in Salford and Manchester. Forshaw drafted Domis in to complete its £12m Waterhouse scheme in Ordsall after previous contractor CPUK collapsed last year, while further up the River Irwell the construction firm has also been selected to build the developer’s Derwent Plaza scheme.

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Good news. Cant wait for this and the other developments to take shape. Will make such a massive difference to this area.

By Steve

With more people working from home on a long term basis, tenants will need balconies for escape from their four walls. A roof top garden is ok but doesn’t offer the same amenity as a private outdoor space.

MCC should clamp down on any apartment scheme that offer no balconies and the more savvy developers and BTR investors will profit from funding schemes that include balconies as they’re likely to be more attractive to tenants and attract a premium as a consequence.

By Balcony watch

More congestion and pollution on Great Ancoats Street.

By Ancoats Blue

Ancoats Blue, either one is pro development or pro environment, one cannot be both


Whilst I back the redevelopment of the area, this is an incredibly poor scheme where residents will feel trapped.

By Observer

I have been following update of new developments within Manchester and think it’s been long overdue. Born in Ancoats Blossom Street I am excited for the future and bringing life back to Manchester. Can’t wait

By Karen Pennington