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Green light given to Manchester's 64-storey tallest building

Developer Renaker has gained planning permission for what will become Manchester’s tallest building.

Councillors have approved the Owen Street project, which will comprise a 64-storey tower designed by architect Simpson Haugh & Partners.

The tower will provide 496 flats and stand alongside three other smaller towers, the development delivering 1,508 homes in total.

Renaker Build head of sales Andy Finch said the project would be the first built within the Great Jackson Street planning framework set up by Manchester City Council.

This is intended to create a new high-density mixed-use quarter “whose economic viability is driven by ‘knowledge capital’, comprising high-quality urban architecture that enriches the city’s public realm and establishes its reputation for design excellence in building”, in accordance with the city’s planning document.

The planning framework covers sites for tall buildings and one “very tall” building, “as a symbol of the regeneration of the area”.

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff worked as part of the design team to provide building services engineering for the planning application.

Its director Ian Standring said: “Planning approval for the Owen Street towers is a real sign of confidence in Manchester’s property market, and we’re excited to be working as part of the design team on what will be an iconic scheme for the city.”

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