Each building comprises a lower linear block (podium) with a tower at one end. Our client’s ambition is to create a significant tall landmark building and scheme that has its own distinct character while complimenting the adjacent Deansgate Square scheme. The development forms part of the Great Jackson Street Development Framework, also prepared by SimpsonHaugh.
This is one of first schemes in Manchester city centre to offer high-end over 55’s accommodation, located within the podium element of the first building, including lounge spaces for residents, a rooftop garden and restaurant to cater for them. Garden spaces allow integration with other residents aiming to provide a more diverse and sustainable mix of occupants than other developments of its type. To compliment this a doctor/dentist surgery is included at ground floor. Within the tower of the same building are apartments for private sale.
The other two buildings contain apartments for private sale in both tower and podium, with retail at ground level facing Great Jackson Street and Owen Street. The residential accommodation at ground floor comprises solely of two-storey townhouses, and a residents’ garden is atop the podium.
Inspired by the local industrial palette, we selected brick and metal, mediating this new development by contextualising its materiality. Using a consistent articulation across the scheme unifies the towers and the street. Proposing a brick façade achieves a high quality aesthetic primarily through the use of texture and depth. The brick grid offers a complementary contrast in terms of texture, colour and façade treatment, to the framing of the Deansgate Square cladding. It also references the smooth, framed glass facades of the Deansgate Square towers and the nearby brick buildings with punched windows, including both Bridgewater House and the historic warehouses in the Castlefield Basin.