Plans in for Unite student tower
A planning application is in for the latest SimpsonHaugh-designed tower in Manchester, a 30-storey building at New Wakefield Street for student accommodation provider Unite.
The 573-bedroom scheme was revealed at a public consultation event in June. The project would sit close to the Hodder-designed 37-storey tower Liberty Heights at 1 Great Marlborough Street, which was developed by Student Castle during the last recession.
The developer intends for the vast majority of the accommodation to be arranged in clusters of five to ten bedrooms, with 10% of the space used for studio apartments. Anodised aluminium is proposed as the cladding for the building.
Turley provided planning advice.
The site currently houses the Sound Control music venue and a derelict premises next door, both of which will be demolished. The site abuts the building at 7-9 New Wakefield Street, which is home to The Font bar.
There will be ground floor retail at Unite’s proposed scheme.