Unite has submitted a fresh planning application for its student accommodation tower on a site formerly home to Manchester’s Sound Control club, including two additional storeys and changes to cladding, as main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland nears a full start on site.
Plans were submitted for the original proposal in July 2017 and granted permission in December 2017, while there were minor material amendments made in the same month, including alterations to the lower ground, ground, and first floors.
The new planning application has increased the number of student beds in the tower from 573 to 603, and have added two more storeys to the tower’s uppermost block, raising the building’s height from 30 storeys to 32.
Designed by SImpsonHaugh, there have also been changes to the tower’s cladding, with the colour of the aluminium panels within the building’s façade changed from grey metallic to anodised bronze. Meanwhile, the building’s glass cut-out areas have been changed from blue and orange to a neutral colour.
The architect said these changes “emphasised the shifted massing language, and visually slimmed the building”.
The site on New Wakefield Street has been cleared ahead of a full programme of works getting underway, which will begin as soon as planning is approved.
The professional team also includes Turley as planner, Curtins as structural engineer, Watermans as building services engineer, and Design Fire Consultants as fire engineer.