Piccadilly Tower

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Piccadilly Tower
General information
Status Proposed
Type Residential, hotel and car parking
Location Manchester
Coordinates 53°28′42.96″N 2°13′50.88″W / 53.4786000°N 2.2308000°W / 53.4786000; -2.2308000Coordinates: 53°28′42.96″N 2°13′50.88″W / 53.4786000°N 2.2308000°W / 53.4786000; -2.2308000
Construction started 2008 (on hold since mid-2008)
Estimated completion Unknown
Opening Unknown
Cost £220 million[1]
Roof 188 m (617 ft)[2]
Technical details
Floor count 58[1]
Design and construction
Architect Woods Bagot[2]
Developer Ballymore Group[1]

The Piccadilly Tower (Eastgate or Inacity Tower)[1] is a proposed development designed by Woods Bagot[2] in Manchester city centre, England.


The developer proposed to build a 58-storey, 188 m (617 ft) skyscraper.[2] If built, it would be the tallest building in Manchester[1] and the tallest in the UK outside London[3] (a title currently held by the Beetham Tower in Manchester).

The tower would have 420 residential units and a 220-bed hotel,[1] as well as a fitness centre, conference facilities, restaurants and bars.[4] New public walkways would be constructed along the Ashton Canal adjacent to the site.[2] Three underground floors would provide car parking for residents through an NCP public car park. A 17-storey "East build" section would comprise retail/commercial/residential space.[4]

The site, a car park on a railway viaduct to the rear of Piccadilly Station[3] between Store Street and Ducie Street was purchased by Inacity for £14 million in 2003.[5] The planning application was submitted in 2004[6] and was approved in March 2005.[1] The cost of the development is around £220 million.[1]

The project was a joint venture between Inacity and Merepark, but has been sold to Irish property developers Ballymore Group, with Inacity retaining a small share. It will be Ballymore's first development in Manchester.[1][7]

Groundwork started in January 2008,[8] to be completed in August 2008. The work consisted of demolishing eight viaduct arches, redirecting a sewer, and constructing a 19 m deep concrete retaining wall to the north, where the site is adjacent to a canal.[9]

On 8 September 2008 Inacity announced the project was on hold due to the financial crisis of 2007–2010, and construction would not resume until the economy stabilised. The site was converted back to a carpark.[10]

As of 2013, the site is still owned by original developers Ballymore. The site is currently used as a car park. Ballymore has objected to numerous developments nearby, such as the renovation of Gateway House, which would block access to Piccadilly station, suggesting the scheme is still alive - at least as a proposal.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Barry, Chris (13 September 2007). "Piccadilly Tower Boost". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Piccadilly Tower, Manchester". Emporis. 2008-02-17. 
  3. ^ a b "Building – 331 – Piccadilly Tower – Manchester". SkyScraperNews.com. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Inacity Tower Official Website". Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  5. ^ "Ballymore targets 620ft Eastgate Tower development in Manchester". Irish Times. 12 September 2007. Archived from the original on May 21, 2008. Retrieved 2007-02-17. 
  6. ^ "News: 60-storey proposal for gateway site in Manchester". 13 December 2004. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  7. ^ "Inacity Sell Manchester Tower Plan To Ballymore". SkyScraperNews.com. 30 August 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  8. ^ "Work Starts On Piccadilly Tower". SkyScraperNews.com. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  9. ^ "Work Starts On Piccadilly Tower". birsecl.co.uk. 26 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  10. ^ "Wayne Mellor Announces Piccadilly Tower Hold". Skyscrapernews.com. 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  11. ^ "Gateway House" (PDF). Manchester City Council. 17 January 2013. p. 2. Retrieved 2013-03-31.