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Saturday19 August 2017

Ian Simpson unveils super tall Manchester tower

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Plans for 64-storey building due in next month

Ian Simpson is set to formally reveal plans for a 64-storey tower in Manchester next month, eclipsing the height of the city’s Beetham Tower he designed and now lives in.

The scheme by his practice Simpson Haugh & Partners will be built at a plot south of the city centre and will feature four residential towers ranging from 38 to 64 storeys.

It is planned to be part of a 1.5ha site called Great Jackson Street and will feature over 1,400 one, two and three-bed apartments across the four buildings.

 

Ian Simpson 64-storey tower Manchester

The scheme will feature four towers

 

Plans will be sent in to the city council in the next few weeks with a spokesman for the scheme’s developer CQ Investments telling the Manchester Confidential website: “Our proposals provide a fantastic opportunity to develop a series of landmark buildings set within a high quality public space creating a new community and attractive destination in the city centre.

“The arrangement, range and specification of accommodation planned combined with the amenity and service provision will deliver highly desirable and important new homes to Manchester.”

Simpson’s 50-storey One Blackfriars resi tower at the southern end of London’s Blackfriars Bridge is already up to level 15. The building, previously known as the Boomerang, is due to be completed in 2018.

The Beetham tower was completed in 2006 and comes in at 47 storeys. Simpson lives in its penthouse apartment.

 

Ian Simpson 64-storey tower Manchester

The plans at ground floor level

 

 

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  • Those are pretty ugly

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  • It's a long schlep into the city centre from there. I'm not sure if that many people would really want to live in that location. Plus it's going to create confusion on the skyline with the tallest densest cluster so far away from the city centre, land-marking, well, nothing at all. Nope, no sale.

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  • Probably only a swift 15 minutes walk to Piccadilly Gardens - it is right next to Deansgate, the tram stop and Castlefield, as well as all the stuff going on at First Street. Annoyingly it seems to be on the site of a very useful car park (which also happens to be right next to Simpsons office)

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  • I can't say Impressed by the architecture.

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  • 1400 homes! Where is the outdoor amenity space? where is the quality of life? what do these people do when they are not working or living in their shoebox apartments? The public realm and community infrastructure needs to be dramatically improved for such a large development.

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  • Getafix

    May be the public amenity will come once people are living there.

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  • Well I am sure the Section 106 will cover all that amenity provision in the city. Some people don't want gardens and are happy with their own place to live away from their parents or whatever. So I am not against the idea. But I don't think much of the architecture - they do just look like a load of milled steel lumps, its like the cheapest design someone could come up with. I prefer to see skyscrapers with some character and imagination, they don't have to be just metal/glass rectangles.

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  • JOAKIM PAZ

    ooh...they look HORRIBLY like SUPER MONEY for some SUPER SMART guys...

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  • SomeoneStoleMyNick

    Putting a veil over that thing must have been quite a task. Can we have the video of it being unveiled, please?

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  • > "Tower he designed and now lives in"

    Worrying echoes of JG Ballard there...

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