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Major mixed-use development proposed for central Manchester

Major mixed-use development proposed for central Manchester

Manchester's skyline could be set for yet another skyscraper after a planning application was lodged for a mixed-use development next to the Manchester Central complex.

Devised by construction firm Carillion's subsidiary Ask real estate, the £300 million project will, if it goes ahead, include a 452 ft residential apartment building and a 14-storey office block.

The residential tower would sit on top of a podium above the Manchester Central goods yard, which will need to remain in operation both during and after the construction process as it is to be used for moving goods and equipment for shows and conferences in the events centre. The skyscraper will stand next to the Beetham Tower, which is currently the tallest building in the city, albeit set to be overtaken by Owen Street Tower 1, which is currently under construction.

Plans for the building reveal it will contain 350 apartments spread over 40 floors. They also show that the 14-storey office block will be 71.2 metres (234 ft) high and will contain 240,000 sq ft of Grade A office space. There will also be room for bars, restaurants or shops on the ground floor.

The scheme also involves removing one bridge along the frontage of Manchester Central, allowing more natural light to reach pedestrians on Bridgewater Street, while improved walkway access will help those at street level to access the Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink stop and Deansgate railway station.

It is the latest new development for which planning permission has been sought in the city centre. Last month, developer Allied London made an application for its proposed 'Vertical Village' at Trinity Islands, part of the St John's neighbourhood project it is developing between the River Irwell, Spinningfields and Castlefield.

The Vertical Village will, if built, have around 1,400 new apartments in four towers, the tallest of which will be 778 ft high, making it taller than Canary Wharf. A feature of the building will be a restaurant and viewing platform on the top floor that will be open to the general public.

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