The scheme has been in the works since 2018. Credit: via planning documents

PLANNING | Arundel Street returns to committee

Salboy’s overhauled proposals for Back Turner Street in the Northern Quarter, and Logik’s revised plans for a tower at Arundel Street are both heading to Manchester City Council’s planning committee next week, alongside CEG’s High Street development.

The three schemes are all recommended for approval, on the proviso that the developers all agree to make contributions to affordable housing.


20-36 High Street

High Street Manchester 2

Number of apartments: 361

Number of storeys: 22

Retail and leisure space: 12,000 sq ft

Architect: Fielden Clegg Bradley

Planner: Deloitte

Developer: CEG

The proposal from CEG would see the demolition of the 1960s block currently on Manchester’s High Street, to be replaced with a 22-storey building, with apartments on the upper floors, retail and leisure units at street level, and a walkway and atrium cutting through the centre. As part of the plans, the market stalls which are situated along Church Street, including popular operators Jerk Shack and Northern Soul Grilled Cheese, would be relocated closer to the NCP Car Park.

Arundel Street

Revised Arundel Street March 2019

Number of storeys: 23 | 10

Number of apartments: 355

Architect: SimpsonHaugh

Developer: Logik Developments

Planner: Deloitte

After its previous scheme on the site was refused by Manchester City Council, the developer revealed an updated design for the mixed-use project, making significant changes to its height and cladding. The first proposal was for a 35-storey tower and a 10-storey block; the height of the tower has now been dropped, after local residents objected due to its impact on the Castlefield conservation area. Logik is backed by cricketer-turned-TV presenter Andrew Flintoff.

Arundel Street June 2018 1

The earlier, rejected, proposal for Arundel Street

Back Turner Street

Salboy Proposal Feb19

Apartments: 65

Number of storeys: 6 | 17

Ground floor commercial space: 1,755 sq ft

Developer: Salboy

Planning consultant: Euan Kellie

Architect: Jon Matthews

Plans to redevelop the site at Back Turner Street have already had several hearings at planning committee. Fred Done-backed Salboy was denied permission in February 2018 for a 13-storey aparthotel to be operated by Zoku, the decision coming after several deferrals and going against officer recommendations – the committee failing to be swayed despite several changes being made throughout the planning process. Not to be deterred, the developer returned to the market at the end of last year to consult on three residential options for the site, of slightly different heights and layouts. The project in its current form proved most popular at consultation; while higher than the earlier proposals, the scheme has retained a historic warehouse on the plot, and includes a pocket park.

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All brilliant, bring it on

By Dan

Still don’t like the Arundel Street development, its just in the wrong place – I’m not usually that fussy about these things, but that development just doesn’t fit that location.

By Anonymous

20-36 High Street is utterly remarkable. Architects, take note. We want more of this in Manchester. THAT is how you pay homage to older Mancunian styles – not just by slapping on some red brick and claiming it ‘pays homage’ to mills.

By Anonymous

The scheme on High St is one of the most aesthetically pleasing and sympathetic designs the city has seen in donkeys. A very well thought out scheme from bottom to top.

Arundel Street is the worst. And by far. It looks like a block of council flats that will utterly destroy a conservation area. Praying for the committee to step in here!

By Anon

Arundel street was awful and inappropriate before but even worse in its revised form after the ‘residents group’ started meddling.

By Pitchfork

I like the Back Turner Street scheme but can we stop calling one tree in the pavement a pocket park!

By Anonymous

i prefer the original Arundel St design

By Anonymous

Why do we have to constantly go on about Arundel Street being backed by Andrew Flintoff – does it really make any difference and who cares.

By Oscar


Dont like any of it , it looks cheap tacky designs but hey we are just a regional city that is completely desperate and deluded that we can achieve anything significant.

By Sarah

As a summary… Arundel Street: was originally not sympathetic to surroundings and using contrast/juxtaposition to the surroundings as an excuse didn’t cut the mustard. Current design…even worse as now the building does not look aesthetically pleasing in any way shape or form. I suspect the local interest groups are kicking themselves. 1/10
CEG Scheme: Amazing. I’ve spent 40 years in that area and they hit the nail on the head with their proposal. Can’t wait to see it come out of the ground…hope they got their sums right. 9/10
Back Turner St: Better that before and appreciate they are retaining some of the original aspects that makes NQ unique. 7/10
Sarah your comment was pointless and we understand you don;t like anything anywhere ever. I can only assume your’re having a bad day but please don’t advertise it.

By Not Sarah

High Street looks good but it involves the unacceptable loss of a handsome late Victorian building with astonishingly good stone carving details.

The other two are pants. It makes Manchester look desperate.

By Acelius

I don’t like that they’ve kept the old warehouse on the High Street scheme, would’ve been better if they’d knocked it down and done the whole thing in glass.

By Pl

excellent scheme

By Anonymous

Have I read this right? The planning officers have actually recommended Arundel St for approval? It’s completely hideous! Have they taken leave of their senses?

They must be putting significant weight on the consultation exercise because I can’t think of a rational explanation at this time.

Both schemes represent gross over development and land speculation of the worst kind, however.

By Incredible

I immediately regret this decision

By Castlefield Forum

Overdevelopment, they should build on greenbelt and bulky further out so people can have space for a few cars

By Heywood

@Heywood. Ha ha, good one!

By Matt C

Echo previous comments.

High Street = Superb.

Back Turner = Very good; a tree is not a pocket park now though is it?!

Arundel Street = What the flintoff, MCC? If you are going to agree that there please bin the conservation area tag while your at it, otherwise it’s just embarrasing.

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