River Street Tower

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River Street Tower
General information
Status Under construction
Type Residential
Architectural style Neomodern
Location Manchester, England
Cost £95 million[1]
Height
Roof 125 m (410 ft)[2]
Technical details
Floor count 32
Design and construction
Architect SimpsonHaugh and Partners
Developer Downing[3]
References
[2]

River Street Tower (also known as the Downing Tower after its developer) is a high-rise tower under construction in Manchester, England. The tower will be situated immediately north of the Mancunian Way on land which was notably occupied by a concrete car park frame from 2005 to 2018.

A 125 metres (410 ft) tower was originally approved in October 2012.[4] However the scheme never materialised and the land was sold to new owners. A revised scheme for the site was approved in 2017 for a 32 storey 92 metres (302 ft) high rise tower, compromising of 420 apartments targeted at the student accommodation market.

The unfinished concrete frame was demolished in May 2018 and construction commenced on the tower in summer 2018. Including existing towers under construction in Manchester, it will be the joint 15th tallest building the city upon completion.

Background

2012 scheme

The development was located on a site on River Street, beside Manchester city centre's southern boundary next to the Mancunian Way. At the time of the planning submission in 2012, the site was occupied by a half-built concrete frame, originally built for a medium-rise apartment block in 2004.[5] The developer went bankrupt and the concrete frame remained uncompleted for 13 years.[6] Chelmer Developments bought the site in April 2011 and pursued development opportunities. Liaising with Manchester City Council, the company commissioned SimpsonHaugh and Partners to devise design proposals for a skyscraper building above 100 metres in height. The company held a four-week consultation period in spring 2012.[7]

The 2012 approved scheme included 600 serviced apartments designed for short-stay 'serviced living' as well as a café and gym.[8] The tower would have been similar to modernist buildings like the New Century House and will reflect light to create effect. The architect, Ian Simpson described the building as "a simple, very elegant and slender building with a glass surface so it will pick up reflections from the light and I think it will be quite dramatic."[4]

The planning application was submitted in July 2012 and Manchester City Council approved the plans in October 2012.[6] Approval was confirmed on 25 October 2012 at the monthly planning committee meeting.[9] Demolition of the existing concrete structure was expected to begin in earnest, though works did not commence.[10]

The land was subsequently sold to new owners, Bolton-based development firm Forshaw Land & Property and a revised planning application was made and approved by Manchester City Council in 2015 for 420 privately rented apartments, fewer than the 600 originally planned in the 2012 scheme.[11] Construction of the skyscraper was expected to take approximately 18 months with the demolition of the concrete car park shell to commence in November 2015.[12] However, by May 2017 construction had yet to begin, and the car park structure had not been demolished.[13]

The scheme was effectively abandoned when new owners of the site proposed a different and smaller building in December 2017.[14]

2017 scheme

A planning application was submitted in late 2017 for a tower reduced in scale and which was approved in January 2018.[15] The concrete frame which has been incomplete since 2005 was finally demolished in May 2018.[16] Groundworks commenced in summer 2018 with the core beginning to rise in October 2018.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Planes approved for £95 million River Street scheme". Insider Media. 9 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b "River Street Tower". skyscrapernews. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  3. ^ "Manchester, River Street Tower". Downing.
  4. ^ a b Linton, Deborah (18 July 2012). "Revealed: Plans for new skyscraper in Manchester by Beetham Tower architect Ian Simpson". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  5. ^ "Second Tallest Planned For Manchester". skyscrapernews.com. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  6. ^ a b "Report for Resolution - River Street Tower" (PDF). Manchester City Council. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  7. ^ "Chelmer tower plans on show". Place North West. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  8. ^ "Our Proposals". Chelmer Developments. Archived from the original on 2012-10-28. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  9. ^ "Manchester's River Street tower gets planning approval". BBC News. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  10. ^ "Mancunian Way Tower Wins Approval". skyscrapernews.com. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  11. ^ "REVEALED Four Major Manchester Developments Move Forward". Manchester Confidential. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  12. ^ "Sister skyscraper for Beetham Tower to finally be built and replace eyesore car park in city centre". Manchester Evening News. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  13. ^ http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/weird-history-derelict-car-park-13031538
  14. ^ Middleton-Pugh, Jessica (16 January 2018). "Downing moves fast with plans for 32-storey River Street tower". North West Place. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Downing moves fast with plans for 32-storey River Street tower". Place North West. 28 October 2018.
  16. ^ "This half-built concrete eyesore next to the Mancunian Way is finally being demolished". 14 May 2018. 2018-10-28.
  17. ^ "Downing Construction wins £140m brace of tower jobs". Construction Enquirer. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-28.

External links

  • - Developer's website for the scheme
  • - Planning application documents

Coordinates: 53°28′15″N 2°14′57″W / 53.470824°N 2.249284°W / 53.470824; -2.249284

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