Even more skyscrapers for Manchester?!

Developer Renaker are looking to add more high-rises close to Deansgate Square...

Renaker have unveiled plans for a pair of 51-storey towers close to the new Deansgate Square development in the city centre.

Looking to submit the full planning applications for the scheme this summer, the two towers have been designed by SimpsonHaugh – who are also responsible for the other glass towers at Deansgate Square, as well as the iconic Beetham Tower.

The buildings will look to comprise of 988 homes featuring a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

The proposed Park Place towers (the lighter ones)

Deansgate Square was completed earlier this year, with 4 towers offering up 1,500 homes, while just a little further down are the equally impressive skyscrapers – Elizabeth Tower, Circle and The Blade.

There’s also plans for a scheme, Park Place, nearby which features 1,037 apartments across two 56-storey towers – further adding to this cluster of skyscrapers at the far end of the city.

I must admit, the introduction to the city of these huge, US-style skyscrapers has certainly divided opinion in Manchester, and will continue to do so. The land down that end of town has been under utilised and empty for years – so surely these developments can provide something new and exciting for the growing city.

What do you think of these plans? Good, bad or ugly?

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