New skyscraper proposals trigger Manchester's next development boom

After what felt like a lull in new proposals during the first half of 2019, this summer has seen a flurry of new scheme announcements which suggest that Manchester's next property development boom is already well underway.


Seven major new development schemes have been announced for Manchester since the beginning of August, a faster rate than at any point since 2016. Most of these new schemes are in Salford, one is in Trafford and only two are in Manchester city centre.


In Salford Quays, a major redevelopment of Pier 7 was announced by developers Royalton Group and Frogmore. Rebranded 'Cotton Quay', the impressive redevelopment is split into three separate 'quarters' with over 1,400 apartments, 485 hotel bedrooms and 29,000 sqft of ground floor commercial space to provide waterside bars, restaurants and shops. 414 car parking spaces are provided, as well as a 'floating gardens' and outdoor swimming pools. Three architects - Studio Egret West, Studio Partington and Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher - have designed the scheme, which is expected to be submitted for planning in November. Building heights range from 5 to 47 storeys.

A planning application is expected to be submitted in November for Cotton Quay

Staying in Salford Quays, an outline planning application was submitted at the end of August for Anchorage Gateway. The site was formerly home to Barclays and right next door to Anchorage tram stop. Designed by Chapman Taylor and being brought forward by develoeprs Cole Waterhouse, the development will be 29 storeys in height and will contain 289 apartments for the Build-to-Rent market.

In New Islington in the city centre, plans for a new Meininger Hotel on Great Ancoats Street have been submitted to Manchester City Council. Designed by 3D Reid and advised by planning consultants Turley, the scheme will provide 212 hotel rooms over 12 floors.


Across the city centre, construction has started at The Media Building in St Johns. Initially proposed only in October 2018, Allied London have seen a flurry of demand for their St John's commercial schemes. The Media Building will deliver a total of 102,300 sqft of office space over 9 storeys, aimed at tech companies. Also in St Johns, a new plan has been revealed for Number One St John's. Formerly proposed as a residential building, the site will now come forward instead as a 26-storey, 350,000 sqft office tower. The new plan is part of an overall change of direction for St John's, which will now capitalise instead on the city's burgeoning demand for office space.