UrbInfo Manchester Tall Buildings Report

Published January 9th, 2019


The tall buildings report is UrbInfo's annual survey of buildings over 20 storeys proposed, complete and under construction in Manchester.

Tall buildings are essential to Manchester’s development. They maximise land efficiency and take pressure off the city’s transport network by concentrating homes and businesses in the city’s compact, walkable core. Tall buildings have the potential to deliver up to 28,000 new homes for Manchester, taking pressure off the city’s greenbelt. 

Manchester has a larger tall buildings pipeline than any other European city outside London. There are more tall buildings under construction or proposed here than in Paris, Berlin, Rotterdam, Lisbon and Munich combined. 

Key facts

  • 21 tall buildings are under construction in Manchester, while a further 84 are proposed.

  • 13 planning applications for tall buildings were submitted in 2018.

  • 36 new tall buildings were proposed in 2018.

  • Residential use makes up 89% of Manchester's tall buildings pipeline.

  • It takes 42.5 months on average to build tall buildings in Manchester (from planning application submission to completion of construction).

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