UrbInfo Manchester Tall Buildings Report

Published January 20th, 2020


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

2019 was a staggering year for tall buildings in Manchester. Of the 108 tall buildings proposed for the city in total, 33 of them were announced in 2019, representing an increase of 31%. It follows a record-breaking 2018, when 52 new tall buildings were announced.

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 in Manchester have delivered over 5,000 homes over the last decade, and the current pipeline of schemes has the capacity to deliver nearly 30,000 additional homes across Manchester and Salford – contributing significantly to easing the city’s housing crisis. 

This report grows in importance with each passing year, helping people understand the way our city’s skyline is changing, and why. 

Key facts

  • 20 tall buildings are under construction in Manchester, while a further 85 have planning approval or are currently going through the planning process. 

  • 33 new tall buildings were proposed in 2019.

  • Residential use makes up 86% of Manchester's tall buildings pipeline.

  • On average, it takes 1,417 days to deliver tall buildings in Manchester - from submission of planning to completion. 126 days are spent between planning submission and approval, 381 days between approval and start of construction, and 910 days for construction to completion. 

Key trends at the start of 2020

  • Tall buildings in Manchester are most likely to be residential, with 86% of the tall buildings pipeline proposed to be for residential use.

  • We are starting to see tall buildings proposed outside central Manchester and Salford Quays. Outer towns like Bolton and Eccles are feeling the benefit of more adventurous developers looking for higher returns outside the city centre. 

  • Planners are becoming more demanding, especially on matters such as quality of materials and provision of affordable housing. 

  • Investment in Manchester is becoming more international, with numerous schemes proposed by internationally-based development companies such as One Heritage. 

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