Manchester is a city that’s truly on the up; whether that’s in the sense of its social scene, business district or its ever-changing skyline of iconic buildings. 3rd September marks National Skyscraper Day, so today we’ll be looking at the developing structural aspect of Manchester and what this means for the future.
The city’s skyline is set to be completely transformed in six years’ time, with plans to totally revamp the bird’s-eye view of Manchester by 2025.
Currently, the tallest building in Manchester is the Deansgate Square South Tower, standing at 659 ft with 65 floors. This particular high-rise is set to be part of a residential cluster of skyscrapers, collectively named Trinity Islands. But in time, Deansgate Square South Tower will be surpassed by the tallest tower in Trinity Islands – Tower X which is planned to measure 700 ft tall and have 67 floors.
Manchester is undergoing a structural renaissance, with the city’s success moving steadily up. These developments are set to result in world-class residential and commercial towers from top developers, with even more on the way and a number of investors who are eager to be a part of the city’s progress while Manchester grows in height and in numbers. An increasing population paired with the growth of business and academic organizations will secure firm foundations for the future.
The construction work taking place in Deansgate Square is a look into the future of Manchester, with the whole Great Jackson Street area forming a sneak peak of what’s to come for the city. More capital coming to the city means more interest from businesses and investors. Offices on First Street already host some pretty high-profile tenants like Gazprom and WSP, and Odeon have announced that they will be relocating their North West headquarters to First Street, bringing their 300 employees to a 26,000 square ft office.
There are also plans in place to build four more skyscrapers around Manchester’s historic site, Angel Gardens, despite a bit of backlash from heritage groups. The four new towers will surround the gardens, overlooking the Co-Op’s landmark site in the NOMA area. Coming to this part of town is The Gate and The Stile – two super chic, glass-fronted towers, Mount Yard which takes inspiration from Manchester’s industrial beginnings in the style of the nearby Victorian warehouses and The Peak, set to become a benchmark building in Manchester’s ever-changing skyline.
This soaring number of new flats and luxury apartments is bound to bring more people to the city, rivaling London as a place for young professionals and as a desirable city to live and work in. The city is becoming more attractive to businesses, retailers, entrepreneurs and at the minute, Manchester’s bar and restaurant scene is growing at a faster pace than anywhere else in the country.
Building upwards makes sense when the demand for land on the ground is so high but there are plans for so much more than apartment towers. As long as commercial spaces for businesses are given the same attention as residential, Manchester will only continue to thrive as a city and peak even higher.
- Madeline Royle