Owen Street, Manchester

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Owen Street is a major proposed development on the southern edge of Manchester City Centre, Manchester, England. 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 been 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 200 metres which would be the tallest building in Manchester and fifth tallest in the United Kingdom if built.[1]

Previous schemes[edit]

Planned are five buildings containing nearly 1100 residential units, 100 serviced apartments, a hotel, parking, office and retail space, and community facilities.[2] The tallest skyscraper planned is “Block D”, which will be 49 storeys[3] — two storeys more than Manchester’s tallest building, Beetham Tower — and 150 metres (492 ft) high.[4]

A planning application was submitted to Manchester City Council in 2007 and was approved early in 2008.[2][3] Permission to extend the time limit for building on the site was sought from the Council in early 2011,[5] a request which was granted in September 2011.[6]

2016 development[edit]

In April 2016, a planning application was submitted to seek permission for the construction of four skyscrapers. The proposed tower range from 122 to 200 metres high - Tower A is 64-storeys and 200.5 metres tall, Tower B is 50 floors and 157.9 metres tall, Tower C is 37-storeys and 122 metres tall and Tower D is 44 floors and 140.4 metres tall.[7][8]

The scheme was approved by Manchester City Council on 30 June 2016 and construction on Tower A commenced in July 2016 with piling works commencing.[9] Tower A will be 200 metres and will be the fifth tallest skyscraper in the United Kingdom and tallest in Manchester overtaking the 170 metre Beetham Tower.

See also[edit]

  • Beetham Tower - the current tallest building in Manchester
  • Piccadilly Tower - the proposed tallest building in Manchester currently under construction (but on hold since September 2008)


  1. ^ "Owen Street - 111719/FO/2016/C1 (April 2016)". Manchester City Council Planning Department. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Manchester City Council Planning Applications (Application 085107/FO/2007/C3)". Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  3. ^ a b "West's 49-storey Owen Street tower approved". Place North West. 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  4. ^ "Vivo Block D". SkyscraperNews.com. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  5. ^ "Manchester City Council Planning Applications (Application 095222/REP/2011/C1)". Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  6. ^ "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". manchester.gov.uk. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  7. ^ "Renaker dusts off West plans for Owen Street". Place North West. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  8. ^ "Beetham Tower architect plans FOUR city centre skyscrapers - including Manchester's new tallest building". Manchester Evening News. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  9. ^ "Manchester's tallest skyscraper plan approved". BBC News. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-24. 

Coordinates: 53°28′23″N 2°15′11″W / 53.473°N 2.253°W / 53.473; -2.253