Deansgate Square

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Deansgate Square
Owen Street development, Manchester.jpg
CGI of the skyscraper cluster
Deansgate Square is located in Greater Manchester
Deansgate Square
Location within Greater Manchester
General information
Status Under construction
Type Residential
Location Owen Street, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 53°28′23″N 2°15′11″W / 53.473°N 2.253°W / 53.473; -2.253Coordinates: 53°28′23″N 2°15′11″W / 53.473°N 2.253°W / 53.473; -2.253
Construction started West and South Towers: July 2016
North & East Towers: October 2017
Topped-out May 2018 (West Tower)
Estimated completion South and West: 2019[1]
North and East: 2020
Roof South: 201 m (659 ft)
East: 158 m (518 ft)
North: 122 m (400 ft)
West Tower: 140 m (460 ft)
Technical details
Floor count South: 64
East: 50
North: 37
West: 44
Floor area 183,000 sq metres
Design and construction
Architect SimpsonHaugh and Partners
Landscape: TPM
Developer Renaker
Structural engineer DP2
Main contractor Renaker Build
Other information
Number of rooms Residential Apartments: 1,508

Deansgate Square, formerly known as Owen Street, is a skyscraper cluster development currently under construction on the southern edge of Manchester City Centre, consisting of four skyscrapers, the highest will be 201 metres (659 feet) tall when completed. The site is just south of Deansgate railway station and north of the Mancunian Way, bounded by Old Deansgate, Pond Street, Owen Street and the River Medlock. Manchester City Council adopted a framework in the early 2000s which earmarked the site as an acceptable location for high-rise buildings.

In 2016, the scheme was revived with a planning application for a cluster of four skyscrapers — the tallest being South Tower at 201 metres (659 feet). Although incomplete, in June 2018 the South Tower surpassed the 169–metre Beetham Tower as the tallest building in Manchester by just 20 cm with a further 33.3 metres still to rise.

Construction on the tower complex officially began in July 2016 with developer Renaker beginning construction on South and West Towers which will be 201 and 140 metres tall.[2] Construction commenced on North & East Towers, which will be 122 and 158 metres tall, in October 2017 with these two towers continuing to rise in 2018 as work on the South and West Towers continues to an advanced stage.


2007 original scheme[edit]

The 2007 scheme consisted of five high-rise buildings containing nearly 1,100 residential units, 100 serviced apartments, a hotel, parking, office and retail space, and community facilities.[3] The tallest skyscraper planned was “Block D”, which would have been 49 storeys[4] — two storeys more than Manchester's tallest building, Beetham Tower — and 150 metres (492 ft) high.[5]

A planning application was submitted to Manchester City Council in 2007 and was approved early in 2008.[3][4] Permission to extend the time limit for building on the site was sought from the Council in early 2011,[6] a request which was granted in September 2011.[7]

2016 revived scheme[edit]

The revised scheme, proposed by developers Renaker Build and designed by SimpsonHaugh and Partners, was made public in January 2016 with a planning application to seek permission for the construction of four skyscrapers submitted in April.[8]

The proposed towers range from 122 to 200+ metres high – South Tower is 64 floors and 200.5 metres tall, East Tower is 50 floors and 157.9 metres tall, North Tower is 37 floors and 122 metres tall and West Tower is 44 floors and 140.4 metres tall.[9][10]

The scheme was approved by Manchester City Council on 30 June 2016.[11]


Construction on the tower complex officially began in July 2016 with developer Renaker starting construction on South and West Towers.[2] Piling works on West Tower were complete by November 2016 with tower cranes erected soon after.[12]

In August of 2018, with the West Tower having already topped out at floor 45, the core of the South Tower - the tallest tower of the approved scheme at 201 metres - had risen to floor 62 with 3 still to go. Work on affixing the unitised glazing panels continues on the South Tower.

In October 2017 construction on the foundation and podium for the North and East Towers commenced. By August 2018 the North tower had risen to floor 4 of a planned 37 floors and the East tower had risen to floor 10 of a planned 50 floors.

See also[edit]

  • Beetham Tower – the current tallest completed building in Manchester at 169 metres. South Tower at 201 metres will become the tallest building in Manchester and outside London in the United Kingdom.
  • List of tallest buildings in the United Kingdom – the cluster of four towers will be the 5th, 14th, 22nd and 38th tallest in the United Kingdom.


  1. ^ "Work starts on luxury high rise". BBC News. 28 April 2004. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  2. ^ a b Howe, Ed (August 2016). "Manchester Development Update August 2016" (PDF). Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Manchester City Council Planning Applications (Application 085107/FO/2007/C3)". Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  4. ^ a b "West's 49-storey Owen Street tower approved". Place North West. 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  5. ^ "Vivo Block D". Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  6. ^ "Manchester City Council Planning Applications (Application 095222/REP/2011/C1)". Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  7. ^ "Extension of time limit on 085107/FO/2007/C3 for erection of 5 buildings ranging from 14 to 49 storeys incorporating 1,094 residential units". Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  8. ^ "205m Tall Building Proposed For Manchester". 14 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  9. ^ "Renaker dusts off West plans for Owen Street". Place North West. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  10. ^ "Beetham Tower architect plans FOUR city centre skyscrapers – including Manchester's new tallest building". Manchester Evening News. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  11. ^ "Manchester's tallest skyscraper plan approved". BBC News. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-24. 
  12. ^ "Renaker powers ahead with skyscraper build". Place North West. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 

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