Professional services and engineering firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in Manchester has been instrumental in helping client, Renaker, achieve planning permission for Manchester’s new tallest building.
The firm worked as part of the design team providing building services engineering for the planning application which was approved by the city council on Thursday, 30 June.
The apartment block, alongside three smaller buildings, will be built in Owen Street, near Deansgate railway station, on land previously used as a car park.
Ian Standring, director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in Manchester, commented:
“Planning approval for the Owen Street towers is a real sign of confidence in Manchester’s property market, and we’re excited to be working as part of the design team on what will be an iconic scheme for the city.
“This project offers our specialist teams a great opportunity to utilise the world-class high-rise expertise we’ve employed on projects nationally and internationally, right here in Manchester. We look forward to continuing to play a key role in the city’s dynamically changing skyline.”
The 64-storey Owen Street skyscraper will contain 496 apartments and will trump the neighbouring 48 floor Beetham Tower – another WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff project – to take the title of Manchester’s tallest builder.
The scheme, designed by SimpsonHaugh & Partners, also includes basement car parking and a cinema. The four main towers will range between 37 and 64 storeys, and include 1,508 apartments in total, with a further three-storey building housing a tennis court, swimming pool and retail units.