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. 


In other Manchester city centre office news, NOMA have revealed their new proposals for 2 & 3 Angel Square. NOMA have slowly been developing the CoOperative estate near Victoria station for the past few years, bringing old empty buildings back into use as high quality office space. Now, they are turning their focus onto delivering much-needed new build office space to the city. Number 2 Angel Square will sit on Miller Street, opposite the CIS Tower. With 12 storeys, it will accommodate 172,223 sqft of office space above 5,382 sqft of ground floor commercial space (A1-A3, B1, D1). Meanwhile, Number 3 Angel Square will accommodate an additional 252,952 sqft of office space and 12,917 sqft ground floor commercial space (A1-A3, B1, D1) over 12 storeys. Both buildings have been designed by AHR, and a planning application for both buildings is expected shortly.

2 Angel Square (right) and 3 Angel Square (left)

The Greengate area is shaping up to be Salford's answer to Manchester's burgeoning Great Jackson Street skyscraper district. Public consultations have occurred for two separate tall building schemes in the past few weeks.


The first, proposed for the Gorton Street car park, which sits between JLL's GreenGate BTR address and the railway viaduct leading into Victoria station, is being brought forward by Progressive Living Developments and planning consultants Turley. Designed by architects BDP, the development is 36 storeys and features a Build-to-Rent co-living tower and a 4-star hotel, which has not yet been named. The development also proposes bringing into use eight railway arches for leisure use, activating this part of Greengate. A planning application is expected this Autumn, with a start on site scheduled for summer 2020.

Proposal for co-living and 4-star hotel on Gorton Street, Salford

Next door to Gorton Street is the potential future site of Salford's tallest building, and Manchester's second-tallest building. Announced at the start of September, with a public consultation on the 10th September, One Heritage Tower is being proposed by Hong Kong-based developer One Heritage. The company has undertaken a few small projects in Manchester to date, but has now established an office in the city ahead of future expansion. One Heritage Tower is a 55-storey (173 metre) building with a 16 storey podium.


The scheme will deliver 544 apartments above a podium of ground floor retail, bars and restaurants - and a communal courtyard allowing public access to the river. With a planning application expected in November, One Heritage hope to be on site by Q3 2020.

Plans for One Heritage Tower were revealed in September 2019

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