Planning application submitted for £150m redevelopment of iconic city tower

Plans for the CIS Tower

Castlebrooke Investments has submitted a planning and listed building application for the CIS Tower, one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings.

This follows an extensive design process and engagement with key statutory consultees, including Manchester City Council, support from adjoining landowners, and The Co-operative Group which is the existing tenant.

The submission includes plans to undertake a major refurbishment of the Grade II-listed building which will secure the continued use of this significant heritage asset.

The CIS Tower is located within a distinct part of Manchester’s city centre. It forms part of NOMA and contains a total of 620,000 sq ft of mixed-use space, including 420,000 sq, ft of net lettable space across 26-floors, as well as provision for retail and leisure uses within the basement and ground floors.

“Submission of the planning application for the CIS Tower marks an important milestone in the delivery of this project and bolsters our continued commitment to Manchester,” said Neil Young, Castlebrooke’s chief executive.

“Drawing on our experience of creating vibrant, mixed-use spaces in city centres we will respect the heritage of the building that dates back to 1962, yet create a more sustainable environment that is future ready.”

Estelle Hunt, director at Castlebrooke, added: “No other 1960’s listed building of this scale has been refurbished to this extent before in the UK and we believe this to be a truly unique proposal.

“At the same time as providing an exciting place to work and visit, Castlebrooke’s new vision for Manchester’s tallest commercial tower combines high-quality design with active spaces, bringing with it significant economic and social benefits for the local community.

“Once completed, the revitalised scheme will provide a vibrant workspace for up to 4,500 employees”

The redevelopment of the CIS Tower is expected to create more than 2,600 jobs for people working on site during construction, including apprenticeships and training. A decision on the planning application is expected by this April and, subject to consent, construction will begin in 2021.

Neil Young said: “Castlebrooke has made every effort to consult and engage with local stakeholders to ensure that the redesign of this modern classic respects its rich heritage and achieves 21st century standards.

“This, coupled with the level of investment being made to continue the viable use of the building, is setting a new benchmark for the future.”

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