34-storey city centre project would contain 485 flats

Simpson Haugh has submitted plans for a 485-home tower block in Manchester city centre.

Investment company Select Property Group plans to build the 34-storey block on a car park site on the corner of Great Ancoats Street and Port Street.

The site has been earmarked as suitable for development in Manchester City Council’s Piccadilly Basin Strategic Regeneration Framework document.

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The proposed development in Manchester

The apartments will be a mix of one-, two- and three-beds and will come with lounge areas, co-working spaces, cinema rooms and a residents’ gym

The development plans were consulted on throughout 2021, with the proposal for a tall tower block on the site opposed by some residents.

However, Select says the 34-storey tower is “set back into the site in sensitivity to the surrounding heritage buildings” while an adjacent 11-storey block fronts the residential streets and is consistent in height with surrounding buildings.

The homes will be managed by Select’s premium residential subsidiary Affinity Living.

Select develops premium residential property, including build-to-rent apartments, and sells it to investors. To date, it says it has sold 925 properties raising £251m.

Adam Price, chief executive at Select Property Group said: “This development will provide exceptional quality new homes in a sustainable city centre location, with our new residents adding further energy to this thriving part of Manchester.

“Our investment will see attractive new public realm which celebrates the area’s industrial heritage and provides green links between Ancoats and the Piccadilly Basin.”

In addition to Simpson Haugh, the project team includes Deloitte as planning consultant and Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture.