Renaker plots 52-storey Great Jackson Street tower

A planning application is expected in February for Renaker’s latest development in Manchester’s Great Jackson Street development area, following a public consultation session yesterday.

The site to be developed is part of Plot C within the development framework for the area, where the Mancunian Way joins with Chester Road, with Crown Street at the centre of the plot.

The tallest part of the scheme is to be 52 storeys, reaching a height of 152m, with another 22-storey building alongside. Combined, the two buildings will offer a total of 665 one-to-three bedroom apartments.

Anodised copper cladding is to be used on the scheme, and the taller of the towers will have a swimming pool on the 48th floor, while a number of two-storey townhouses will be built on the side of the site facing into the Great Jackson Street area. The project also includes retail units fronting Chester Road.

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Renaker intends to start construction in the third quarter of this year. The scheme is designed by SimpsonHaugh, with Deloitte as planning advisor.

A fresh masterplan for the Great Jackson Street area was put forward by Manchester City Council in November, hoping to set in place a planning context for the part of the city that has become not only a development hotspot, but a location where tall buildings are encouraged.

The area off Deansgate is already home to Renaker’s 1,508-apartment Owen Street project, made up of four buildings ranging between 64 and 44 storeys in height. The total site covers 19.3 acres.

The new masterplan includes more than 5,500 additional units across seven individual plots.

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This is quite low for Manchester.We should be looking at a Manc Shard now.

By Elephant

Is’nt the Shard till trying to fill space in most areas of it’s mix, so my grey friends tell me!

By Squirrel

Have to say the SimpsonHaugh façade designs are becoming predictable and, with so many schemes of their genre delivered or in the pipeline, there’s a real risk of monotony across the city centre. There are other architecture practices out there…

By CityDweller

Squirrel, the Shard is full now, as of last year. It may have taken a while but there are reasons why that would probably be avoided in Manchester if we were to build so tall. The Shard was built in a not desired location of London (at the time) but was commanding West End property prices and very high office rents for its location but after years of regeneration, London Bridge has become more desirable, hence it is now full. No building built in Manchester CC will be commanding property prices of £50m anytime soon and apartments would most likely sell like hotcakes.

By Tofu


By Raj

Depressingly 1960s! Looks like a bad imitation of the Coop tower.

Manchester vernacular indeed…

By Town Planner

Glad to hear, must give my friend Squeaky a call and tell him it’s old news.
I passed the Shard a quite a lot during construction, you are right about the location and prices.
There are several medium rises very close to the lower floors, which don’t exactly enhance the marketing gloss.
I think this type of development will only work in cities such as London, far to big and expensive for other areas of the UK, unless they strike oil!
Anyway will have to go now Squeaky is on the other branch, sorry line, chip, chip.

By Squirrel

@TownPlanner. Bar the colonnades at the base I cant see how this resembles the CIS. Not that it would be a bad thing anyway. Stunning proposal. My favourite.


Gorgeous! Love the design.


It is a hybrid of the CIS and Beetham.I like both those buildings and this is nice.I still say.with Owen street and Trinity Island having 60 storeys plus towers on them that this is quite low for Manchester.I suppose I had a romantic notion that each tower would be bigger than the last.This area is going to look awesome in ten years time.

By Elephant

Nice, but only 52 floors? Just another Manchester filler than..?

By Schwyz

@AJD. Didn’t spot the colonnades, but yes, another similarity.

I’m not sure how to explain the other similarities, other than to say the two look near identical. Maybe you need to look again? Strange.

By Town Planner

@Tofu, My friend Squeaky is normally accurate, according to The Guardian, 10 apartments in the Shard costing up to £50m each are still unsold after 5 years, quite a hefty chunk out of anybodies change. Then again Squeaky only deals with the top end of things… this is a worrying trend if you read the full article and if you know the current climate in London.

By Squirrel

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