Go-ahead for clutch of major jobs to reboot Manchester

Aaron Morby 12 months ago
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Manchester City planners have nodded through a series of planned schemes that promise to revive construction activity in Manchester.

Massive Bridge Street scheme is designed by Studio Egret West
Massive Bridge Street scheme is designed by Studio Egret West

Among the flight of projects given the green light are two major high-rise projects with a combined construction value of up to £575m.

The largest being advanced by developer Oval Real Estate is a landmark mixed-use scheme to redevelop the Albert Bridge House site on Bridge Street with two striking buildings.

Planned office block with multiple landscaped terraces

The site will be built out with a unusually stepped 19-storey office building of 550,000 sq ft offering multiple green terraces and a 45-storey building consisting of nearly 370 flats.

This alone is expected to cost £325m, sustaining 2,000 construction jobs during the programme.

An existing 18 floor office building currently occupied by HMRC will be demolished to clear the site, which also includes Bridge Street car park.


Plan for two new buildings on Medlock Street forming the Southern Gateway to the city

At the same planning meeting, joint venture developers Whitbread and Dominvs Group got the go-ahead for its £250m office and student rooms scheme at One Medlock Street.

Forming part of the City’s Southern Gateway, proposals will require demolition of an existing five-storey Premier Inn hotel and the introduction of 390,000 sq ft of flexible office space.

Planned 13-storey grade A office block

Adjoining the office building will be a 37-storey tower of over 1,000 student rooms. Jon Matthews Architects designed the two tall buildings, while Planit-IE crafted the landscape and public realm strategy.

Building services consultant Ridge and structural engineer Ramboll are also on the client team with cost consultant Cumming.

The proposals for One Medlock Street mark the third time that Dominvs has joined forces with Whitbread.


A consortium of Dean Street Developments, Definition Capital, and Assured CMS also got the all-clear to build a 154-bed hotel off Great Ancoats Street (above).

The 20-storey Manchester hotel would operated under Hilton’s Motto brand, the first of its new urban lifestyle brand hotel in England.


Architect Tim Groom designed the brick clad student block to reflect the adjacent Mcintosh Mill building

Developer Vita group also gained planning for a 14-storey purose built student accommodation project that will provide 580 student beds in the First Street area of the city.

Vita’s brick-clad student block will be built next to Ask’s 13-storey office building, which has also recently been submitted for planning on plot 10.


Carmoor Road student rooms will be built for the University of Manchester

Another smaller student scheme planned by Tiger Developments consisting of around 176 student beds was also waved through at Carmoor Road near the Royal Infirmary.


In Manchester’s Northern Quarter a joint venture between Marco Living and Axis Real Estate got the go-ahead for 267 flats to built on land currently used as a car park bordering Tariff Street and Port Street.

Designed by Leach Rhodes Walker Architects, the projects will involve two brick buildings rising to 10 and 11 storeys.

The developers are understood to be gearing up for an autumn construction start.

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