And despite being labelled an ‘absolute abomination’ by those who opposed the plans, you can’t deny that the new CGIs are pretty beautiful.
One Port Street will be the first building in Select Property’s residential brand, the ‘Prestige Collection’, focusing on wellbeing and service.
The landmark building will start to take shape on the outskirts of the Northern Quarter, just off Great Ancoats Street, very soon.
Apartments will range in size from one-bedroom to three-bedrooms, each one inspired by ‘Manchester’s industrial history’ with warehouse and loft-style features that ‘blend elegant style with urban renewal and embrace raw architectural elements including wood, metal, stone and fire’.
The vision for One Port Street is to blend the luxuries of a five-star hotel with the exclusivity of a private members’ club.
It also promises to be a ‘green gateway’ to the city, with 22,000 sq ft of public green space.
Residents will enter their building through a grand reception area centred around a 360° firepit with concierge service.
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The 2,000 sq ft leisure suite will feature a private swimming pool and spa pool, a state-of-the-art gym and separate fitness studio, plus more wellness facilities in the form of a ground floor urban garden wellbeing, the new destination will also provide two outdoor spaces – a ground floor urban garden and a rooftop garden terrace.
Then there’s the seventh-floor club lounge Paganini’s, plus co-working spaces, private dining areas and a food outlet on the ground floor.
Adam Price, CEO of Select Property, said: “Launching One Port Street – and our Prestige Collection – marks the culmination of decades’ of experience across the UK’s residential market, creating compelling places to live. One Port Street harnesses that knowledge to create the ultimate residential offer, and there is no better city to do it than Manchester.
“Once complete, the site will not only deliver for its residents, but it will bring greater value for the wider city too, creating an inviting neighbourhood with more green, public spaces and incorporating sustainability measures that will have a lasting positive impact on Manchester and its people for years to come.”
Ian Simpson, Partner at SimpsonHaugh, added: “One Port Street will become as synonymous with the Northern Quarter as Beetham Tower has become for Deansgate. Celebrating its neighbourhood in full, the building has been designed to fuse modern luxury living and all the trappings that brings such as a stunning pool with urban contemporary loft-apartments that Manchester, Brooklyn, and Shoreditch are famous for. Once finished, it will be the ultimate place for professionals to live.”
Price added: “To date, we have sold over £2.6 billion worth of property across multiple brands to our global investors, but One Port Street is our most exciting one yet – situated in the iconic Northern Quarter of the city, it is a bespoke property offering a five-star living experience. As a first-of-its kind destination, One Port Street will quickly become an in-demand postcode in the city and provide a vibrant new residential neighbourhood.”
With 477 apartments, One Port Street will create 59 jobs and will bring £28M of economic impact to the city.
Renaker is the main construction partner on the development and the scheme has been designed by SimpsonHaugh.
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New images give sneak peak at £210m redevelopment plans for ‘eyesore’ Manchester hotel
New images giving a sneak peak at impressive £210 million plans to redevelop a Manchester city centre hotel once branded an “eyesore” have been released.
The former Renaissance Hotel is undoubtedly one of the most divisive buildings on Deansgate, was notably once labelled an “eyesore”, and had been facing demolition since 2018 – but plans were eventually unveiled to redevelop it into a part-office, part-hotel, and part-residential complex a few years back.
The brutalist structure is set for a whopping £210 million makeover, which is being overseen by Property Alliance Group and Starwood Capital.
Developers have now released a handful of new images showing what the new offices will look like.
According to redevelopment plans, the offices within the building will be spread over four floors and be around 36,000 sq ft in size.
With work expected to begin on the building by the end of next month, plans also show that there will be a communal roof terrace, a wellbeing studio, bike store, and showers with changing rooms, as well as flexible office space.
Speaking on the redevelopment plans, Alex Russell – CEO at Property Alliance Group – said the project is as “important” to the company as it is to the city of Manchester.
“It demands best-in-class for design and amenities to maximise its riverside location [and] we cannot wait to relaunch this vibrant and engaging destination for the city’s residents and visitors.”
Will Lewis, who is the founder of OBI, which is the company that’s been tasked with “bringing the commercial space to market” added that he wants to see both large and small companies rent office space within the building once redevelopment is complete.
“New build office development of this nature is unique, as it enables both large corporates seeking a self-contained HQ and SMEs to take space on a floor-by-floor basis,” he explained.
“The building will boast an array of high-quality amenities including a vibrant ground floor coffee offering, wellbeing space and a stunning roof terrace and pavilion.”
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Huge 55-storey ‘tombstone’ Oxford Road skyscraper to go ahead despite objections
Plans to build a massive skyscraper dubbed the ‘tombstone’ in Manchester city centre are to go ahead despite objections.
The imposing 55-storey tower containing 850 student flats, which is on top of a car park off Oxford Road in the heart of the city centre, was approved all the way back in July 2021, and was soon dubbed the ‘tombstone’ by local residents who opposed the project and lodged an appeal to the Hight Court.
More than 750 letters of objection were said to have been received by planners, the MEN reports.
Local residents from the neighbouring Macintosh Village opposed the plans for the new skyscraper based on environmental grounds, and raised issues on possible exposure to contaminated construction dust, as well as querying how often a crane would go over a car park and how this would potentially prevent access to their parking spaces.
Complaints about GMS Parking Limited’s proposal for the skyscraper ranged from issues to do with its height and design, to the overall impact.
Residents said they believed the skyscraper could impact on their mortgages and their health.
The lawsuit brought to the High Court by Mackintosh Village Management Ltd, which represents nearly 500 tenants in the development, cited six grounds which the group believed showed Manchester City Council had acted unlawfully – which included allegations that local authority officials had “seriously misled” the planning committee.
Residents believe they were misled by the planning committee advising them on parking restrictions during the demolition and construction phases – particularly during the erection or dismantling of tower cranes.
But Mr Justice Fordham at the Hight Court said this week that there was not enough evidence to overturn the approval decision, and therefore ruled against the Macintosh Village residents, as well as rejecting an application by the management company for permission to amend the pleas.