40 storey-tower plans for former Bauer Millett site in Manchester revealed

Plans for a 40-storey landmark residential tower providing around 350 new apartments have been proposed for the former Bauer Millett showrooms in Manchester.

Ask Real Estate and SimpsonHaugh and Partners unveiled the proposals at MIPIM today.

To support Manchester’s continued economic growth, a 240,000 sq ft Grade A 14 storey office building is also planned together with new retail floorspace for bars, restaurants and shops bringing people back in to the arches and creating an active frontage along Great Bridgewater Street. 

A key component of the scheme is the significant improvements to the pedestrian environment along Great Bridgewater Street by removing sections of the existing bridge, allowing natural light down to street level.

New large areas of high quality public realm includes a new route and vertical circulation linking Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink Stop and Deansgate Rail Station to the city centre via Watson Street.

The announcement today confirms that over 750,000 sq ft of prime new residential and commercial accommodation will be brought forward in a partnership between Ask, Manchester City Council (MCC), Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Manchester Central.

Ask acquired the 1.74 acre Bauer Millett showrooms almost a year ago to the day and have been working with architect Ian Simpson to develop a ground-breaking, mixed-use scheme adjacent to Beetham Tower and Manchester Central.

John Hughes, Ask’s managing director, said: “Our scheme will be a visionary development, something which only a few years ago, would have been almost impossible to imagine happening outside of London.
“The huge levels of investment we have seen into Manchester’s infrastructure coupled with efforts by the Universities to attract and retain talent has seen an upturn in graduate retention and consequently an influx of businesses looking to establish themselves in the city centre.

“In turn this has driven demand for new hotels, retail and leisure outlets – the development of which has boosted the city’s economy.

“These factors mean it is now time for us to unlock previously hidden opportunities and the Bauer Millett showrooms is a strong example of this concept.”

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