Plans in for Renaker skyscraper cluster
Renaker has lodged a planning application for four residential towers of between 38 and 64 storeys to the South of Manchester city centre, providing more than 1,400 flats.
The towers on the site of the Owen Street car park in Castlefield are expected to reach at least 37, 44, 50, and 62 storeys each.
The apartments will be supported by a three-storey amenity building, which will include facilities for residents such as an indoor tennis court, swimming pool and spa, gymnasium, studios, cinema screen, rooftop café bar with terrace and private garden, entertaining and home office and business facilities.
There will also be 95,000 sq ft of public realm around the River Medlock, with the largest space equaling the size of Exchange Square in Manchester city centre. There will be three levels of basement parking with around 700 spaces.
At a pre-planning consultation event for the scheme held in January, CQ Investments, the Renaker subsidiary bringing forward the project, said that it intended to start construction in the third quarter of 2016 with a build period for the scheme anticipated to span four-and-a-half years, with the entire scheme operational in 2020.
Activity has already begun to clear the car park ready for a start on site.
The scheme was designed by SimpsonHaugh & Partners, and echoes a project that the studio designed for West Properties for the same site which was approved in 2008.
Renaker bought the site from Morgan Stanley last year, after it was put on the market in a sell-off of former West assets in Manchester city centre. Two other sites, Origin in Princess Street and Renaissance Hotel in Deansgate, were bought by Urban & Civic.
The scheme adheres to the principles of Manchester City Council’s adopted development framework for the Great Jackson Street area which was approved in 2007, with the Owen Street plot earmarked as appropriate for high-rise buildings.
The planner is Deloitte Real Estate.