Manchester City Council granted planning approval for Transition, pictured in front of Deansgate Square, in 2019. Credit: via planning documents

Renaker in talks over Transition acquisition

The developer is hoping to add DeTrafford’s Great Jackson Street site in Manchester to its portfolio, according to market sources. 

The Transition plot has planning permission in place for a three-tower development comprising 399 apartments.

While talks with Renaker over a potential sale of the site continue, DeTrafford is also looking to offload a development site at Salford Quays known as Wavelength. The site has permission for 421 homes and is being marketed by Colliers.   

Manchester City Council granted planning approval for the SimpsonHaugh-designed Transition in 2019.

The scheme would be constructed on plot E of the Great Jackson Street masterplan, close to several Renaker developments.

The project would see the construction of two towers of 32, 26 storeys and a third 18-storey block. In addition to the 399 apartments, the plans feature 50 retirement living units. 

In March, DeTrafford applied to discharge several conditions pertaining to Transition in a bid to prevent the planning permission from expiring.

Rumours of Renaker’s interest in the DeTrafford site may come as no surprise to Manchester’s property community. 

Transition is located in an area that Renaker has made its own in recent years. 

The developer has already delivered the 1,500-home Deansgate Square on Great Jackson Street, as well as another 664 apartments at Elizabeth Tower and Victoria Residence nearby. 

At present, Renaker is on site delivering Three60 and Blade – which provide another 855 homes – and is preparing to start work on a pair of 51-storey skyscrapers nearby, for which planning approval was granted in March. 

Renaker and DeTrafford declined to comment. 

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Crime ridden car park currently, really bad for the area

By Cal

That’s a lot of towers. My favourite so far is the Victoria . Looking forward to the Blade and the three360 though, having completely different profiles will really add something.

By Simon

I like it .

By Dan

I guess Cal that’s why they’re building on the car park.

By Johnny obvious

It will be some time before the whole area is properly developed ie linkages to the ground , shops , open spaces, school etc but it’s clearly coming. Get that right and it won’t be just the skyline that look good.

By John

Great news. It was only a matter of time. The brick towers need to be built however to break up the mass of glass.

By Andrew

At least this will get built now. Shame if its the current scheme, even though I really like it, this would be the perfect site for a landmark 250m tower in the center of the cluster

By Bob

Too Many ugly glass boxes. Unfortunately Manchester is looking more and more like a 5th rate American city

By Mike

The proposal seems nice, however the location chosen is terrible. That whole area should be utilised for tall skyscrapers. I’d love to see taller buildings there instead of this

By Anonymous

I foresee a planning application for a revised scheme being submitted in the near future.


I really hope that Renaker will rethink the proposal and build some iconic looking skyscrapers! All 150m+ and hopefully a 250m+ showpiece tower seeing as this plot is in the centre of the Great Jackson Street development area.


It would be good to see balconies introduced on some of these higher rise buildings.

By Balcony watch

@Cal I am in the area everyday and never experience any crimes did you confuse it with Piccadilly gardens

By Michael

Pity you don’t like them Mike. Liverpool has really been pushing for just one tower for a long time now, they symbolise just one aspect of a growing and prosperous city.

By Anonymous

All the while blocking your mobile signal. How many will be happy with that proposition down at street level?

By Andy Grey Rider

Fantastic, now just need Renaker to buy the One Heritage Tower site too

By Alex

I really like the approved scheme, really adds variety to the area. Not everything needs to be 150m+ glass towers

By S

Superb news that Renaker are on the job, i just hope they set up a legacy both for the company, Greeter Manchester and the North on the whole, by eventfully becoming the Rockefeller of the north and building a truly iconic landmark tower 250m plus or indeed the 325m Mancunia dream to be the tallest in the UK and stick one up London.

By Anonymous

Agreed on having one truly iconic or statement building. Manchester may have some some great old buildings and some of the towers are starting to look impressive but the city still lacks one ‘you are here’ building. I remember hating the re-done bullring in Birmingham, (I’m sure some still do) but I love it now and it is an icon of the city. Ideally I’d like the Chrysler building but unless they swap it for twelve thousand Nectar points I’m not sure I can afford it.

By Anonymous

Is mostly unaffordable housing for foreign buy to let investors

By Anonymous

Lot of investment that. With so much more on the way this area and Greengate are going to look very impressive as the massing effect takes over . As someone has already pointed out as long as they develop the connections to the street as the towers go up so we have a real district I’m all for it.

By Tom

@balcony watch – ever been on a balcony on the 15th storey of a building? Its uncomfortable and typically deemed unsafe due to windspeeds unless pretty much fully enclosed – as such balconies are often not suitable for tall buildings!

By manc

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