New images of controversial £20m Northern Quarter glass tower released

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 15th March 2022

New CGIs have been released of Salboy’s controversial glass skyscraper in the Northern Quarter.

The striking plans will see an 18-storey, ultra-modern tower built opposite Shudehill bus station.

The building, known as Glassworks, faced plenty of opposition when plans were first lodged, with many saying it didn’t fit with the historic aesthetic of cultural hotspot the Northern Quarter.

The development comes from construction company Salboy, which is owned by billionaire bookie Fred Done, and Domis.

Glassworks, nicknamed the ‘Shudehill Shard’, will consist of three interlinked office buildings, including a restored 1920s warehouse.


The £20m plans have also included a new pocket park with a blossom tree.

The roof terrace at Northern Quarter tower Glassworks. Credit: Domis

Domis has now shared new CGIs of how the modern skyscraper will look when it’s completed.


Looming over its Northern Quarter neighbours Scuttlers Wine Bar and the Lower Turks Head pub, the main tower will be dominated by floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

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The converted warehouse and a new brick-built building will have a roof terrace for the building’s tenants, based on plans.


Domis’s post on Instagram states: “One look at these shiny new CGI’s and it is CLEAR that Glassworks on Back Turner Street is going to be one of Manchester’s most desirable workspaces.”

The project is expected to be completed in December 2022.

Featured image: Domis / Salboy