17 New Wakefield Street
|17 New Wakefield Street|
|Wakefield Street Tower|
17 New Wakefield Street from Oxford Road, Manchester
|Former names||Student Castle|
|Location||Great Marlborough Street
|Completed||September 2012 (Planned)|
|Height||109 metres (358 ft)|
|Roof||104 metres (341 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Hodder and Partners|
|Main contractor||Shepherd Construction
17 New Wakefield Street, the Wakefield Street Tower, or Student Castle is a skyscraper apartment building in Manchester, England, west of Oxford Street. 17 New Wakefield Street was designed by local architect Stephen Hodder in a clustered architectural form and was completed in September 2012. The skyscraper is situated adjacent to Oxford Road railway station, on the corner of Great Marlborough Street. The skyscraper is 37 storeys high at a height of 109 metres and is the fourth tallest building in Manchester after the Beetham Tower, CIS Solar Tower and Sunley Tower.
Four development schemes were proposed for the site in four years. Plans for a 65 metre residential tower were proposed in 2006 featuring a design similar to the tower being built. However, despite obtaining planning approval, the proposal was abandoned. In December 2009, the project was revived with a plan for a 106 metre residential tower.
A planning application was made in early 2010, and planning consent granted in July 2010. Construction work began weeks after consent was granted. By November 2011, the tower had risen in height considerably, and on the 18 April 2012, the tower had its topping out ceremony at a height of 109 metres.
17 New Wakefield Street is a residential development of high rise flats aimed at young people and students. At 109m high it will become the tallest, purpose built student accommodation in the world. It will be the fourth tallest building in Manchester by roof height and the 34th tallest nationally. Its apparent height will be accentuated slightly by its position on a slope. The tower has some resemblance to the Mathematics Tower which also had a clustered exterior but was controversially demolished by the University of Manchester in 2005.
The project will have 525 bedrooms in four stepped towers built on a foot area of 7,000 square feet. Plans for a residents' car park were rejected by planners concerned about the impact of a large building and busy location.
- Under the Emporis Standards Committee, a skyscraper is defined as a multi-storey building which is at least 100m. Any building from 35m to 100m tall is generally considered to be a high rise building.
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