Work on 35-storey city centre tower scheme set for spring start

Proposals for Manchester Tower
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Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH)’s residential and mixed-use project management consultancy arm, Ikon, has been appointed as project manager and employer’s agent for the development of Manchester Tower.

The new tower will deliver 327 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments for sale, and at 35-storeys high, will form a key part of Manchester’s developing skyline.

The development will also provide further amenities such as a bar, gym, private lounge, meeting rooms and rooftop restaurant.

Occupying a constrained site at the junction of two major roads and neighbouring train line, the development is complex and challenging.

The Featherfoot/EGCC Group joint venture re-unites key members of the original project team appointed by the previous developer/operator, Inhabit, including Jon Matthews Architects, Cast Consultancy (QS), Mason Navarro Pledge (structural), Compass Energy (MEP) and Planning Consultant Deloitte to bring the project forward.

LSH’s residential property management offering, HLM Property Management, has been retained to manage the development on completion.

Mark Few, head of project management at Ikon, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be retained to deliver this amazing scheme in the heart of Manchester. Having initially worked on the scheme between 2016 and 2018, it’s fantastic to now be helping the Featherfoot/EGCC Group establish Manchester Tower as a key landmark in the Manchester skyline.”

Dean Hewart, director of Altrincham-based EGCC Group, said: “Plans are well progressed for the development of Manchester Tower on Whitworth Street West.

“Mark Few and Craig Barnes of Ikon Consultancy know the scheme intimately and we are looking forward to working with them and the complete professional team with a start on site planned for Q2 2022.

“We have development funding in place and recently securing ownership of the site was a key milestone for the joint venture partnership.”

He added: “This is a central prime location site ideal for residential development, providing new homes for the city and an exciting investment opportunity for purchasers.”