Renaissance residential tower comes forward
A 27-storey block featuring 300 apartments is the third part of Property Alliance Group and Starwood Capital’s £200m Manchester regeneration project.
Having already submitted planning applications for the hotel and office elements of the mixed-use scheme, the joint venture has now launched a public consultation on the residential portion of the development.
Under the proposals, part of Premier House to the east of the site would be demolished to make way for the tower.
Designed by Jon Matthews Architects, the building would be stepped in height with several rooftop terraces, as well as ground-floor retail units.
The scheme also features sandstone precast panels that are textured and patterned to reflect the stonework of the nearby Manchester Cathedral.
An area of public realm next to the River Irwell could provide space for pop-up food and drink vendors as well as outdoor seating.
Alex Russell, managing director of Alliance, said: “We have worked closely with Manchester City Council, Manchester Cathedral, and Historic England to develop the design of the residential building ensuring it is appropriate for the setting.
“The residential element will be complemented by extensive public realm, which will significantly enhance Deansgate, creating a much larger and greener space for people to enjoy. A new lift will provide access down to the Irwell riverside, which will feature a new food and beverage offering designed to activate the space.”
Avison Young is the planning consultant and Planit-IE is the landscape architect.
The wider scheme
The JV’s new-build residential tower is just one piece of a three-part plan to revamp the Deansgate site it bought in January.
The vacant Premier House office building is to be partly demolished and revamped to provide 40,000 sq ft of Grade A office space.
Meanwhile, the 1970s hotel is to be refurbished and operated by SH Hotels & Resorts under its Treehouse brand.
The hotel operator is owned by an affiliate of US-based investor Starwood Capital.
Subject to planning approval, the project could complete by 2023.