Four new apartment blocks up to 60 storeys tall could change Manchester skyline

Manchester’s skyline could be about to change further amid plans to build four new towers – including a 60-storey skyscraper – housing up to 2,000 flats.

<p>The scheme proposes new public realm including green spaces, a riverside walkway and new pedestrian links to neighbouring streets. Credit: Renaker/SimpsonHaugh</p>

The scheme proposes new public realm including green spaces, a riverside walkway and new pedestrian links to neighbouring streets. Credit: Renaker/SimpsonHaugh

Renaker, the prolific developer behind several existing skyscrapers in the city centre including Deansgate Square, has unveiled its proposals for Trinity Islands.

The site along the River Irwell, which is split in two by the Trinity Way ring road and is currently used as a car park, has been earmarked for development for a number of years.

What’s the history?

In 2017 planning permission was granted to Allied London to build five towers ranging from 26 to 67 storeys in height before Renaker bought the site a year later.

The developer is now consulting on its own vision which would see four towers, ranging in height from 39 to 60 storeys, built in pairs on either side of the ring road.

The four towers will be built in pairs either side of the Trinity Way ring road. Credit: Renaker/SimpsonHaugh

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A mixture of one, two and three-bedroom apartments are proposed, along with new green spaces and plazas, a riverside walkway and new footpaths linking to surrounding streets.

‘Discrete’ car parking serving 30 per cent of the prospective residents will be provided onsite, along with 10 pc electric vehicle charging and parking for up to 2,000 bicycles.

How can you find out more?

A public consultation on Renaker’s scheme, which is designed by architects SimpsonHaugh, is running until August 27 before the developer submits a planning application to Manchester city council later this year.

If approved the site will form a part of the regeneration of the St John’s and Water Street areas nearby.

The consultation says: “Renaker are seeking to extend these phases of regeneration by bringing forward a new landmark development opportunity, helping to extend the urban fabric of the city centre.

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“The four elegant towers proposed at Trinity Islands will provide a new landmark gateway to the city centre whilst also offering a high-quality place to live. 

“At ground level, significant investment will integrate the scheme into this evolving part of the city.

“Renaker’s proposals seek to provide up to 2,000 new, high-quality homes on the site, as well as a significant amount of public realm for the city to enjoy.”

To view the consultation documents, go https://www.trinityislands-consultation.co.uk