The site is located within the Great Jackson Street Strategic Regeneration Framework and the proposed, residential led, mixed use development provides the following:
- 1037 studios, one, two and three-bed apartments, townhouses and duplexes.
- A 180 sqm. commercial/social infrastructure unit.
- 236 car parking spaces and 1040 cycle spaces.
- Residential amenity space and external roof top gardens.
The residential element of the scheme is split between two buildings of 56 storeys that are separated by landscaped public realm. Townhouses, commercial space, residential amenity, car parking and plant are located across ground, first and basement floor levels.
The Great Jackson Street Strategic Regeneration Framework outlined the provision of 580 apartments across 3 buildings between 19 and 27 storeys with the lower two buildings connected by a 2 storey podium. Detailed site investigations however revealed a major piece of sewer infrastructure beneath the site, which could not be built over, and required diversion at significant cost.
To address the consequential viability issues posed by the sewer diversion, the development density was reviewed and the height, scale and massing were increased. Key design principles of the original proposals were however retained, including:
- Reinforcing the street edge.
- Maximising active street frontage.
- Re-positioning towers to improve daylight and sunlight with the development and to neighbouring buildings.
- Public realm improvements to enhance the approach to the Hulme footbridge over the Mancunian Way.
A lower eight storey podium that follows the street edge responds to the scale of neighbouring buildings forming the street, whilst the two towers contribute to the emerging cluster of tall buildings to the south west of the city centre.