A fly-through video of Manchester’s future skyline has revealed how the city will have changed by 2025 if all current proposals for tall buildings come to fruition.
The video, produced by Ed Howe of UrbInfo for Place North West, shows the city’s skyline in 2025 from a range of views, including the route into the city from Airport Hotel, Oxford Road, and Old Trafford.
In 2017, Howe created a similar video showing development of the Manchester skyline in 2022. Towers designed by SimpsonHaugh around Great Jackson Street dominate, including Deansgate Square by developer Renaker, which reaches 67-storeys and is already under construction, as well as Renaker’s neighbouring 52-storey Crown Street, and DeTrafford’s 37-storey Transition.
Near to Beetham Tower, Ask Development’s Viadux, also designed by SimpsonHaugh, made up of a 40-storey residential building and 14-storey office, is visible alongside Property Alliance Group’s recently completed Axis, designed by Jon Matthews.
The view along Oxford Road from the Manchester University campus shows Select Property Group and Bruntwood’s Circle Square once completed, including its highest building of 36 storeys, and the wider development of offices and residential blocks. Near to The Principal hotel, the video shows a 37-storey project by Unite Students at New Wakefield Street, by SimpsonHaugh, alongside proposals from Student Castle at Hulme Street. The architect is Glenn Howells, the height is unconfirmed, but looks to be around 50 storeys.
At Allied London’s St John’s, the video pans to show the two 36-storey PRS buildings Nickel & Dime, designed by Denton Corker Marshall, and the 52-storey St John’s Place, by SimpsonHaugh.
According to Howe, Manchester now has a larger tall buildings pipeline than any other European city outside London. There are more tall buildings under construction or proposed than in Paris, Berlin, Rotterdam, Lisbon and Munich combined.
He said: “Tall buildings are essential to Manchester’s development. They maximise land efficiency and take pressure of the city’s transport network by concentrating homes and businesses in the city’s compact, walkable core.
“Tall buildings have the potential to deliver up to 28,000 new homes for Manchester, taking pressure off the Green Belt. 2018 saw more tall buildings start construction in Manchester than any other year on record, while 36 new tall buildings were proposed, also representing a new record. ”
Howe used Google Sketchup to render proposed buildings, taking elevations from the various planning applications to make the buildings identifiable. Sketchup allows the user to build models to an accurate scale, whilst Google Earth puts these buildings on the exact sites.