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Graphic showing tallest buildings in Manchester. Piccadilly Tower is on hold and the River Street Tower is to start construction in 2014.

This list of the tallest buildings and structures in Manchester ranks skyscrapers, structures and towers in the city of Manchester, England by height. Manchester is a major city and metropolitan borough with a population of 510,772 (2012 est.).[1] It is historically notable for being the world’s first industrialised city[2] and for the subsequent leading role it played during the Industrial Revolution. Manchester City Centre, the location of most of Manchester's tallest buildings and structures, is a regional central business district.[3] It is at the centre of the wider Greater Manchester Urban Area which had a population of 2.55 million according to the United Kingdom Census 2011.

For completed buildings this list includes the year of completion, the height in metres and feet and the current usage of the particular building. The tallest building in the United Kingdom outside London, the city's Beetham Tower, was completed in October 2006. It is 47 storeys and 169 metres (554 ft) high and consists of residential apartments and a Hilton Hotel.[4] On the list of tallest structures are the 19th century Manchester Town Hall and the Refuge Assurance Building (now more commonly known as the Palace Hotel) from the early 20th century. The Manchester Assize Courts, once the tallest building in the city at 85 metres, was demolished after suffering unrepairable damage during the Manchester Blitz.

One of the first proposed skyscrapers in the city was the Quay Street Tower, projected to be completed in 1948, which would have stood at 110 metres (361 ft) and would have been the tallest tower in Europe.[5] The proposal was rejected and said to be inconsiderate, as much of the city was still rebuilding after the Manchester Blitz of the Second World War.[5] Most of Manchester's current towers were built during the 1960s and 1970s. This included the 118-metre (387 ft) CIS Tower, the UK's tallest building outside London for 43 years.[6]

One major advantage Manchester has is that, unlike most major cities in the UK, there are no height restrictions and adopt a laissez-faire attitude towards city centre high rises. As a result, in the 2000s (decade), there has been a renewed interest in building skyscrapers in Manchester and other cities in Britain.[7] Several residential, hotel and office developments are under construction or have recently been built in the city centre, including the Beetham Tower.[4]

There are currently 4 skyscrapers with a height of 100 metres (328 ft) or more,[8] and 153 high-rise buildings with a height of at least 35 metres (115 ft) or more.[9]

Tallest buildings and structures[edit]

This list ranks externally complete Manchester buildings and free-standing structures that stand at least 50 metres (164 ft), based on standard height measurement.[10][11] This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. An equals sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed. Buildings that have been demolished are not included.

  Was the city's tallest building upon completion
Rank Name Completed Use Height Floors Image Notes
metres feet
1 Beetham Tower 2006 Hotel and residential 169 554 47 Beetham Tower from below.jpg Currently the country's tallest building outside London.[12][13]
2 CIS Tower 1962 Office 118 387 25 CIS Tower Manchester.jpg Was the country's tallest building upon completion. Currently the country's tallest office building outside London.[14][15]
3 17 New Wakefield Street 2012 Residential 109 358 32 17 New Wakefield Street.jpg [16]
4 City Tower 1965 Office and retail 107 351 30 Sunley Tower, Manchester.jpg [17][18] To the top of the radio antenna mast City Tower is 123m (404 ft).[19]
5 Arndale House 1979 Office 90 295 21 Manchester Arndale tower.jpg [20][21]
6 Manchester Town Hall Clock Tower 1877 Clock tower 87 285 Manchester Town Hall from Lloyd St.jpg [22][23]
7= Manchester One (formerly Portland Tower) 1962 Office 80 262 22 Portland Tower, Portland St, Manchester.jpg [24][25]
Civil Justice Centre 2007 Government 80 262 17 Manchester Civil Justice Centre from Bridge Street.jpg [26][27]
9 3 Hardman Street 2009 Office and retail 75 246 16 1 Hardman Street.jpg [28][29]
10 Church of St Mary 1858 Place of Worship 73.5 241 Church of St Mary, Hulme.jpg [30]
11 HMP Manchester Tower 1869 Observation Tower 73 239 Strangeways watchtower.jpg [31]
12 One Angel Square 2012 Office 72.5 238 15 Angel Square, front facade.jpg [32]
13 Great Northern Tower 2006 Residential 72 236 25 Great Northern Tower Manchester.JPG [33][34]
14= Jefferson Place 2007 Residential 70 230 21 [35][36]
City of Manchester Stadium 2002 Stadium 70 230 Joe Mercer Way - Etihad.jpg [37][38] Currently being enlarged to increase capacity from 48,000 to 62,000.[39]
16 The Light House 2008 Residential and office 67 220 19 The Light House, Manchester.jpg [40][41]
17 Palace Hotel Clock Tower 1912 Clock tower 66 217 Refuge Assurance Building, Manchester.jpg [42][43]
18= Cypress Place 2009 Residential 65 213 20 [44][45]
Britton House 2009 Residential 65 213 21 Britton House, Manchester.jpg [46][47]
Victoria Mills 1873 Chimney 65 213 Victoria Mill, Miles Platting - geograph.org.uk - 185826.jpg [48]
21= 111 Piccadilly 1965 Office 64 210 18 111 Piccadilly.jpg [49][50]
Skyline Central 2007 Residential 64 210 20 Skyline Central, Manchester.jpg [51][52]
Albert Bridge House 1959 Office 64 210 18 Albert Bridge House.JPG [53][54]
Tempus Tower 2006 Residential 64 210 20 [55][56]
ISIS Wharf Tower 2008 Residential and retail 64 210 21 Islingtonwharf2.jpg [57][58]
26 Peninsula Building 2009 Office 62.5 205 12 Peninsula Building, Manchester.jpg [59][60]
27 No. 1 Deansgate 2002 Residential and retail 62 203 17 Number 1 Deansgate.jpg [61][62]
28 Owens Park Tower 1964 Residential 61 200 19 Tower Block, Owens Park, Manchester.jpg Planned to be demolished [63][64][65]
29= Maths and Social Sciences Building 1968 University 60 197 17 Maths and Social Science Building.jpg [66]
Chancery Place 2008 Office 60 197 15 Chancery Place.jpg [67]
One St Peter's Square 2014 Office 60 197 14 One St Peter's Square under construction 1.jpg [68]
3 Piccadilly Place 2007 Office and retail 60 197 13 Three Piccadilly Place.jpg [69][70]
St James's Buildings 1912 Office and retail 60 197 9 St James's Building.jpg [71]
Wheel of Manchester 2013 Ferris wheel 60 197 Wheel of Manchester 2008.jpg [72]
35 Lowry House 1973 Office and retail 58 190 15 Lowry House, Manchester.jpg [73][74]
36= UNITE Tower 2007 Residential and office 57 188 19 [75][76]
ATS Site Block 1 2008 Residential 57 184 18 [77]
Three Piccadilly Place 2008 Office 57 184 14 [78]
Minshull Street Courts Clock Tower 1871 Clock tower 57 187 Tower and chimney stack designed by Thomas Worthington.JPG [79][80]
40= Leftbank Apartments 2006 Residential and retail 56 184 16 Leftbank Apartments, Manchester.jpg [81][82]
Ramada Renaissance Hotel 1972 Hotel and retail 56 184 15 [83][84]
Church of the Holy Name of Jesus 1928 Place of Worship 56 184 Image-The Holy Name of Jesus, Manchester-2.jpg [85][86]
43= St. James's House 1964 Office 55 180 17 [87][88]
1 New York Street 2009 Office 55 180 13 One New York Street.JPG [89]
Bank Chambers 1971 Office 55 180 13 Bank Chambers, Manchester.jpg [90][91]
Royal Exchange Theatre 1922 Theatre and retail 55 180 8 2004-10-09 Royal Exchange.jpg [92]
47 No.1 Marsden Street 2002 Office and retail 53 174 12 [93][94]
48 82 King Street 1995 Office 52 171 13 King Street Building.JPG [95][96]
49 ATS Site Block 2 2008 Residential 51 167 16 [97]

Tallest under construction, approved and proposed[edit]

Under construction[edit]

This lists buildings that are under construction in Manchester and are planned to rise at least 50 metres (164 ft). Under construction buildings that have already been topped out are listed above.

Rank Name Use Height Floors Image Notes
metres feet
1 Cambridge Street Block A Residential 85 (TBC) 279 (TBC) 26 [98]
2 Cambridge Street Block B Residential 70 (TBC) 230 (TBC) 21 [98]

Approved[edit]

This lists buildings that are approved for construction in Manchester and are planned to rise at least 50 metres (164 ft).

Rank Name Use Height Floors Image Notes
metres feet
1 Vivo Block D Residential and retail 150 492 25 Approved in early 2008. Permission to extend the time limit for building on the site was granted in September 2011.[99][100][101]
2 Deansgate - Building 1 Residential 126 413 36 Permission to extend the time limit to develop the site was granted in February 2013.[102][103]
3 River Street Tower Residential and recreation 125 410 42 River Street Tower CGI render.jpg Approved October 2012.[104]
4 Vivo Block B Residential and retail 104 341 33 Approved in early 2008. Permission to extend the time limit for building on the site was granted in September 2011.[105][106][107]
5 Deansgate - Building 2 Hotel 93 305 27 Permission to extend the time limit to develop the site was granted in February 2013.[108][109]
6 1 Spinningfields Office 91 298 20 Quay Street. Awaiting pre-let,[110] plans include restaurant on 18th floor with a garden terrace.[111] Expected completion: 2017[112]
7 Vivo Block C Residential and retail 89 292 28 Approved in early 2008. Permission to extend the time limit for building on the site was granted in September 2011.[113][114][115]
Vivo Block E Residential and retail 89 292 28 Approved in early 2008. Permission to extend the time limit for building on the site was granted in September 2011.[116][117][118]
9 Yotel Hotel 72 238 20 Approved November 2013.[119]
10 Pillo Hotel Hotel 66 216 18 [120]
11 Manchester Business School Hotel Hotel 60 200 19 Approved April 2013.[121]
12 Peterloo House Office 59 194 14 [122]
13 No. 2 St Peters Square Office 54 177 12 [123]
14 Deansgate - Building 4 Office 50 164 12 Permission to extend the time limit to develop the site was granted in February 2013.[124][125]

Proposed[edit]

This lists buildings that are proposed for construction in Manchester and are planned to rise at least 50 metres (164 ft).

Rank Name Use Height Floors Image Notes
metres feet
1 NOMA Tower Residential 105 (TBC) 344 (TBC) 30 (TBC) A planning application is expected to be submitted in Autumn 2014.[126] Construction expected to commence in summer 2015, and complete in 2017.[127]
2 Axis Tower Residential 93[128] 305 28 A new planning application has been submitted with redesigned plans. Construction due to commence September 2014 and complete mid 2016.[129]
4 1 Water Street Residential 81.7 268 28 Planning application submitted 27th June 2014.[130]
5 Astley & Byrom House Office 76 249 14 Quay Street. Public consultation ended 11 October 2013.[131]
6 24 Mount Street Office 72 236 17 Planning application submitted 29 July 2014.[132]
7 Angelgate North Block Residential 50 164 14 Planning Application submitted 19 August 2014[133]
Angelgate South Block Residential 50 164 14 Planning Application submitted 19 August 2014[133]

Unbuilt[edit]

This lists proposals for the construction of buildings in Manchester that were planned to rise at least 100 metres (328 ft), for which planning permission was rejected or which were otherwise withdrawn.

Rank Name Use Height Floors Year Image Notes
metres feet
1 Intercontinental Tower Hotel and residential 200 656 48 2010 IntercontinentalManchester.jpg The tower would have featured a helipad and two decorative spires.
2 Piccadilly Tower Hotel and residential 188 617 58 2010 Inacity Manchester.jpg Construction began in January 2008 but was placed on hold in September 2008 due to the state of the economy.[134] The proposed development would provide 700 residential units, a 250-bed hotel, shops and restaurants, plus new public spaces and walkways along the Ashton Canal which neighbours the site.[135]
3 Vector Arena Tower Hotel 186 610 36 2003 [136]
4 Albany Crown Tower Hotel/Offices/Residential 160 520 54 2010 Albany Tower.jpg
5 1 Hardman Square Office 140 459 36 2004 [137] Superseded by 1 Spinningfields.
6 Urban Splash Development Office 137 449 30 2006 [138]
7 Whitworth Street West Residential 128 420 42 2007 [139]
8 Zarachie Tower Residential 116 381 36 Also known as 'Gravity Tower', and 'Store Street Tower'. Accommodation would have consisted of one- and two-bedroom flats; the 34th floor would have had four three-bedroom duplex flats. Plans also included two floors of commercial and retail space.[140]
9 Quay Street Tower Office 110 361 36 1948 A proposed extension to Sunlight House[141]

Demolished[edit]

Rank Name Use Completed Demolished Height Floors Image Notes
metres feet
1 Manchester Assize Courts Government 1864 1957 85 278 7 Assize Courts, Manchester.jpg Once the tallest building in Manchester. Damaged beyond repair during the Manchester Blitz and demolished in 1957 after World War II.[142]
2 Mathematics Tower University 1968 2005 75 246 18 Maths Tower, University of Manchester 2.jpg [143]
3 B of the Bang Monuments 2005 2009 55 180 B of the Bang - 2005.jpg Was the tallest sculpture in the UK. The sculpture was cut up and put in storage in 2009 due to the spikes that form it falling off on several occasions since completion, making it unsafe.[144]

Timeline of tallest buildings and structures[edit]

Manchester's skyline has been built up mostly over recent years. The CIS Tower kept the title of tallest building in Manchester for 43 years until the Beetham Tower was completed in 2006. The Beetham is set to lose the title when Piccadilly Tower is completed.

Years tallest Name Use Height Floors Notes
metres feet
1858–1864 Church of St Mary Place of Worship 73.5 241 [30]
1864–1877 Manchester Assize Courts Tower 85 278 7 [31]
1877–1962 Manchester Town Hall Clock Tower Clocktower 87 285 N/A [22][23]
1962–2006 CIS Tower Office 118 387 25 [14][15]
2006–present Beetham Tower Hotel and residential 169 554 47 [12][13]

*Italics denote a building that does not exist due to demolition.

See also[edit]

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