List of tallest buildings and structures in Manchester

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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 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. Manchester is historically notable for being the world’s first industrialised city[2] and for the subsequent leading role it played during the Industrial Revolution. The city centre, the location of most of Manchester's tallest buildings and structures, is a regional central business district.[3] For completed buildings, this list includes the year of completion, the height in metres and feet and its current usage. 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 four skyscrapers with a height of 100 metres (328 ft) or more,[8][9] this is the highest amount of any city in the United Kingdom outside London.

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.

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

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 Image Height
m (ft)
Floors Year (est.) Notes
1 Owen Street Tower 1 200.5 (658) 64 2018 Piling drill on site as of July 2016
2 Owen Street Tower 4 141 (463) 48 2018 Piling drill on site as of July 2016
3 Exchange Court 130 (427) 44 2018 Piling drill on site as of June 2016
4 1 Spinningfields 91 (298) 20 2017
5 Two Greengate 88 (289) 31 2016 Nearing completion
6= X1 MediaCity Tower 1 86 (282) 26 2018 Core rising as of June 2016
6= X1 MediaCity Tower 2 86 (282) 26 2018
7 Cambridge Street Block A 83 (272) 26 2016 Nearing completion
8 One Regent 82 (269) 28 2016 Nearing completion
9 Cambridge Street Block B 63 (207) 21 2016 Topped out[95]
10 Manchester Business School Hotel 60 (196) 19 2017 [96]

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 Owen St Tower 1 Residential 200.5 658 64 Planning application submitted to Manchester City Council in April, due for approval on 30 June 2016. Groundworks ongoing.
2 Owen St Tower 2 Residential 158 518 52 Planning application submitted to Manchester City Council in April.
3 Owen St Tower 3 Residential 141 463 48 Planning application submitted to Manchester City Council in April.
3 River Street Tower Residential and recreation 125 410 42
4 Owen St Tower 4 Residential 122 400 43 Planning application submitted to Manchester City Council in April, due for approval on June 30th 2016. Groundworks ongoing.
10-12 Whitworth Street Residential 117 384 36 Approved
5 Axis Tower Residential 93[97] 305 28 Approved November 2014.[98]
Deansgate - Building 2 Hotel 93 305 27 Permission to extend the time limit to develop the site was granted in February 2013.[99][100]
8 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.[101][102][103]
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.[104][105][106]
10 Yotel Hotel 72 238 20 Approved November 2013.[107]
24 Mount Street Office 72 236 17 Approved 17 October 2014[108][109]
12 Pillo Hotel Hotel 66 216 18 [110]
13 Manchester Business School Hotel Hotel 60 200 19 Approved April 2013.[111]
14 Peterloo House Office 59 194 14 [112]
16 Deansgate - Building 4 Office 50 164 12 Permission to extend the time limit to develop the site was granted in February 2013.[99][100]

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. Construction expected to commence in summer 2015, and complete in 2017.[113]
2 Astley & Byrom House Office 76 249 14 Quay Street. Public consultation ended 11 October 2013.[114]
3= Angelgate North Block Residential 50 164 14 Planning Application submitted 19 August 2014.[115]
Angelgate South Block Residential 50 164 14 Planning Application submitted 19 August 2014[115]

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 The tower would have featured a helipad and two decorative spires.
2 Piccadilly Tower Hotel and residential 188 617 58 2010 Construction began in January 2008 but was placed on hold in September 2008 due to the state of the economy.[116] 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.[8]
3 Vector Arena Tower Hotel 186 610 36 2003 [117]
4 Albany Crown Tower Hotel/Offices/Residential 160 520 54 2010
5 1 Hardman Square Office 140 459 36 2004 [118] Superseded by 1 Spinningfields.
6 Urban Splash Development Office 137 449 30 2006 [119]
7 Whitworth Street West Residential 128 420 42 2007 [120]
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.[121]
9 Quay Street Tower Office 110 361 36 1948 A proposed extension to Sunlight House[122]

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.[123]
2 Mathematics Tower University 1968 2005 75 246 18 Maths Tower, University of Manchester 2.jpg [124]
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.[125]

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 44 years until the Beetham Tower was completed in 2006. Beetham Tower could lose the title if Owen Street is constructed.

Years tallest Name Use Height Floors Notes
metres feet
1858–1864 (6 years) Church of St Mary Place of Worship 73.5 241 [28]
1864–1877 (13 years) Manchester Assize Courts Tower 85 278 7 [29]
1877–1962 (85 years) Manchester Town Hall Clock Tower Clocktower 87 285 N/A [126][127]
1962–2006 (44 years) 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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