Manchester’s iconic CIS Tower is set for a major overhaul


Plans to revamp Manchester's iconic CIS Tower have been submitted for planning.

The CIS building, once Europe's tallest skyscraper, was sold to Castlebrooke Investments for £66 million back in May 2017.

It had been home of the Co-Operative since the 1960s, before the group moved to its own building directly opposite at One Angel Square.


The CIS remained Manchester’s tallest tower for more than 40 years before another Ian Simpson scheme, Beetham Tower, was built in 2006.

Now, the The 25-storey building is set for a massive overhaul which will see retail and leisure injected into its ground floor and the refurbishment of its basement level.

The building last underwent a refurbishment 15 years ago, which saw it get a £5.5 million solar panel face lift, however the re-development plans being submitted for this upcoming overhaul are like nothing a building from the 1960s has seen.


An unprecedented amount of money has been committed by Castlebrooke Investments to ensure the listed building keeps up appearances in an ever-changing modern day Manchester city centre.

According to planning documents, the tower's well-recognised 'CIS' wording will be removed – however it is not yet clear if the wording will be replaced as a new name for the tower has not yet been chosen.

Castlebrooke director Estelle Hunt added: “No other 1960s listed building of this scale has been refurbished to this extent before in the UK.”

A decision on the submitted planning documents is due in April and if successful, construction is set to start as early as next year.

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