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Old June 9th, 2005, 11:14 AM   #1
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Eastgate/Inacity Tower (188m)

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Eastgate Tower
Approved
Heights 60 floors/188m. 17 floors/55m.
Usage Residential/Retail/Hotel
Notes New proposal, rumoured for some time. Consists of 60 storey tower on a site occupied by a car park on Store Street, close to Piccadilly Station. Also a smaller 17 storey tower, podium, 750 underground car spaces and bridge to station.Will contain 220 bedroom hotel and 700 apartments, plus retail at base, cost is £220 million. Planning application APPROVED in March 2005

Architects: http://www.woodsbagot.co.uk/
Official Site: http://www.inacitytower.co.uk/

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City Centre Ward 074143/FO/2004/C3 04/01/2005 Ducie Street Piccadilly City Demolition of existing structures and development of a mixed use scheme including a tall building and podium comprised of a 220 bedroom hotel, fitness and conference facilities and 430 residential apartments; a medium rise element with 267 residential apartments and associated car parking; a public multi storey car park; retail, food and drink, financial and professional services, assembly and leisure, non-residential institutions, business and marketing suite (sui generis) units (including the following Use Classes A1, A2, A3, B1, D1 and D2); access road and open spaces; a bridge link to the railway station; and associated works
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Article in the MEN yesterday and on Manchesteronline!




http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/ne...on_the_up.html
City on the up
Jill Burdett


THIS is what Manchester's skyline will look like in just a few years.

Plans for a fifth new skyscraper to be built in the city mean that downtown Manchester could soon resemble downtown Manhattan.

The latest tower - 60 storeys of glass next to Piccadilly station - is the landmark centrepiece of a £220m plan to transform the area around the station approach.

Known as Eastgate Manchester, it will be 617 ft tall (188m). As our mocked-up picture shows, it will join other new developments changing the city's skyline.

Work is already under way on the 47-storey, 515ft (157m) Hilton Tower by Beetham at the end of Deansgate; the GN Tower by George Wimpey City on Peter Street, which will be 23 storeys, 236ft (72m) high; and the 16-storey, 279ft (85m) Civil Justice Centre in the Spinningfields complex off Deansgate.

There are also plans for the Britain's tallest residential tower on the Greengate site just over the river border in Salford, which at 60 storeys and 660ft (201m) would just beat the Eastgate tower.

Peel Holdings want to build a skyscraper on land at Salford Quays and there are several more high-rise buildings in the pipeline.

Eastgate will have a new 250-bed hotel and 700 apartments, plus shops, bars and restaurants, with new public spaces and terraces and walkways along the Ashton Canal basin.

The tower will house the hotel, which will have a sky bar on the 16th floor and about 40 storeys of residential apartments above.

Manchester council chief executive Howard Bernstein said: "It is an exciting project".
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EASTGATE MANCHESTER - £220M REGENERATION PLANS UNVEILED FOR PICCADILLY

Inacity - one of the regions leading mixed-use developers has lodged a detailed planning application with Manchester City Council for the comprehensive £220m re-development of a four-acre site adjacent to Piccadilly Station.

The proposed scheme, which is wholly privately funded, will transform the under-utilised area of land between Ducie Street, Jutland Street and Store Street into a vibrant development comprising a flagship four or five star hotel, leisure space, retail units, residential apartments and over 400 public car parking spaces, plus a further 300 spaces totalling some 1,025,000 sq ft (95,000 sq. m) in its entirety.

The centerpiece of the modern development, designed by International Architects Woods Bagot, is a significant landmark structure incorporating the 250-bedroom hotel. The striking glass building will be integral to the scheme and negotiations are currently underway to determine which leading brand operator will occupy the space. DTZ are advising Inacity and have shortlisted four international operators, one of whom has already detailed an offer in writing to establish a high quality hotel in this prime location by Piccadilly Station.

The proposals submitted also include a number of substantial additions to the public realm including the creation of an active leisure and retail frontage to the Ashton Canal basin and new public squares and pedestrian routes between Ducie Street and Store Street. Canal side terraces and the addition of a link bridge to the station will also form part of the regeneration project.

Inacity has held extensive pre-planning negotiations with Manchester City Council including detailed consultations with CABE (The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) who are in support of the scheme considering Inacity’s proposals to present “a brave and adventurous new vision for this part of Manchester.”

Presentations to other parties including English Heritage and local residents have also been co-ordinated with the help of Manchester City Council. Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, Sir Howard Bernstein, says: “This is an exciting scheme and we are pleased that it will now become subject to the planning process. It has the potential to provide a further boost to the continuing regeneration of the City Centre, and is a sign of the private sector's continued confidence in Manchester and the North West."

Inacity is heavily committed to the region with substantial regeneration projects in both Manchester and Liverpool City Centres. Inacity currently have under construction the largest mixed-use scheme by one developer in Manchester City Centre at the Quadrangle incorporating 70,000 sq. ft of retail and leisure uses, car parking and 228 apartments.
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Plans have been submitted for the construction of a 60 storey, 95000 square metre tower for Inacity of Manchester near to Piccadilly Station, Manchester. The £220 million development is to feature a 220 bedroom hotel, residential,retail and leisure space and was designed by Drivers Jones and Woods Bagot. Also on board are DTZ Debenham Thorpe and Flack and Kurtz. A decision is due mid 2005 by Manchester City Council.


Hotel/Apartments/Commercial
Site Address: Ducie Street, Jutland Street & Store Street, M1 2
Start Date: Autumn, 2005
Contract Period: 36 Months (approx.)
Project Value (Estimated): £220,000,000



CLIENT Inacity
12 Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 5QA
Tel: 0161 228 0822 Fax: Not Available
Contact: Mr Ian Jones , Director



PLANS BY Drivers Jonas
60 Fountain Street, Manchester, Manchester, M2 2FE
Tel: 0161 247 7373 Fax: 0161 236 8420
Contact: Ms Michelle Brown , Planning Consultant



ARCHITECT Woods Bagot
Clove Building 4 Maguire Street, London, SE1 2NQ
Tel: 020 7089 5600 Fax: 020 7089 5699
email: info@woodsbagot.co.uk
Contact: Mr Stephen Reinke , Partner/Architect



QUANTITY SURVEYORS DTZ Debenham Thorpe
1 Marsden Street, Manchester, M2 1HW
Tel: 0161 236 9595 Fax: 0161 228 7097
Contact: Mr Ken Bishop , Partner



MECH. & ELEC. CONSUL Flack & Kurtz
Buchannan House 24-30 Holborn, London, EC1N 2HS
Tel: 020 7314 4444 Fax: 020 7314 4440
email: mail@fk-inc.co.uk
Contact: Mr Richard James , Mechanical Director



Description:

Scheme comprises of demolition and construction of a 220 bed hotel, fitness and conference facilities, 697 apartments, multi storey car park, retail, food and drink, financial and professional services, assembly and leisure, non residential institutions, business and marketing suite, access, road, open spaces, bridge link to railway station. The scheme will also include site services, infrastructure, enabling works, landscaping and service engineering.



An application (ref: 074143/FO/2004/C3) for Detailed Planning permission was submitted to Manchester C.C. on 14th January 2005.


Stages:

Planning: Detailed Planning Submitted
Contract: Pre-Tender


Other Info :
Storeys: 60
Development Type: Conversion
Floor Area (sq.m.): 95000
Site Area (ha):
Planning Authority: Manchester Application No. 074143/FO/2004/C3
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Transforming East Manchester: Inacity tower planning approved
29/03/2005



In an exciting move for the development of East Manchester, Manchester City Council has granted planning permission for a £220m re-development of a four acre site adjacent to Piccadilly Station. The wholly privately funded scheme by Inacity, one of the region's leading mixed use developers, will see the transformation of the area between Ducie Street, Jutland Street and Store Street. Comprising a flagship four or five star hotel, leisure space retail units, residential apartments and over 400 public car parking spaces, the 1,025,000 sq ft development will revitalize this under used brownfield land.

The centerpiece of the modern development, designed by International Architects Woods Bagot, will dramatically transform Manchester's skyline. A striking glass tower which will be one of Europe's tallest residential buildings is integral to the scheme and will house the hotel and many apartments. Negotiations are currently underway to determine which leading brand operator will occupy the space.

The development will also see significant improvements to public realm within the area including the creation of an active leisure and retail frontage to the Ashton Canal basin and new public squares and pedestrian routes between Ducie Street and Store Street. Canal side terraces and the addition of a link bridge to the station will also form part of the regeneration project.

The granting of planning permission follows extensive pre-planning negotiations with Manchester City Council and detailed consultations with CABE (The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) which offered its support to the scheme considering Inacity's proposals to present 'a brave and adventurous new vision for this part of Manchester.'

The planning stages also involved presentations to other parties including English Heritage and local residents and have been co-ordinated with the help of Manchester City Council and supported by Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, Sir Howard Bernstein.

Commenting on the recent announcement he says: "The granting of planning permission is another step forwards for these exciting proposals, and we look forward to working with the developers as they secure the commitments necessary to make it happen."

Bob Ross, director of Inacity, adds 'We are thrilled with the decision to grant the Inacity tower scheme planning permission, allowing us the opportunity to breathe life into a much forgotten part of Manchester.'

Inacity is heavily committed to the region with substantial regeneration projects in both Manchester and Liverpool City Centres. Inacity currently have under construction the largest mixed-use scheme by one developer in Manchester City Centre at the Quadrangle incorporating 70,000 sq. ft of retail and leisure uses, car parking and 228 apartments.

The company also recently showcased Eastgate, Manchester at MIPIM, the prestigious international real estate forum held annually in Cannes ensuring a high profile presence for the city at this gathering of the world's foremost property developers and influencers.
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CABE Comments

This scheme undoubtedly presents a new vision for this part of Manchester. It is in a key location adjacent to Piccadilly Station, at the gateway to Eastgate and the Sports City. In overall regeneration terms, the proposal ticks all the right boxes – location, mixed use, permeability, open spaces – all of which we support.

We support the principle of building a tower of this height in this location, and we believe the plan form made up of three ‘slipped’ parallel elements produces an appropriate, simple, elegant form. We feel that the diagram of the tower could still be developed further, to give it more clarity on plan (particularly the relationship between the corridors and the internal corners) and to express the three elements at the plaza and street levels. This could help improve intelligibility at plaza level, which we feel is the least successful aspect of the tower design; the podium plan bears no relation to the tower diagram and we think it would help if there were a stronger relationship between the overall form of the tower and the entry points. The residential entrance, for example, feels indirect and unresolved.

We also reiterate our concern over the uses in the central element of the tower, and feel that the mix between vertical circulation and accommodation (on the ends and, higher up, at the sides of the block) is problematic, both in terms of architectural clarity and the impact the differing uses will have on the elevation; we believe that this aspect should be reconsidered. Although we acknowledge that some work has been done since the last presentation to illustrate the tower, and that work is ongoing, we still do not believe that its visual and material impact has been fully explored; certainly we get little sense of what the tower will really look like. The view studies presented so far are somewhat idealistic; what impact will the difference between the vertical circulation core and the apartments have? We do not believe they will be indistinguishable, as the visualisations suggest.

The idea of the is ‘pop out’ windows is an attractive one, in terms both of their aesthetic and environmental properties, but they are expensive. The aesthetics of the tower are strongly dependent on this element and we think it is essential that they are not value engineered out at a later stage.

We fully support the idea of linking Piccadilly Station to Store Street, but do not think the right solution has yet been found. The proposed route is tortuous, and too internal to be successful; people do not naturally want to go inside a building to go outside, and we would question whether it is really desirable to funnel the event crowds through the tower. We also believe that there should be a clearer, more intuitive route from the station to the main plaza – at present pedestrians have two choices, either round the hotel, or down the tower steps, then up the grand steps; we think that neither is acceptable.

The status of the land between the site and Gateway House clearly is important and has a huge impact on the scheme. We are aware that this area is outside the developer’s control, but the proposal must work equally well if, or when, the western site boundary line can be dealt with more satisfactorily. We would urge that all is done to engage with Gateway House and the rail authorities to ensure that the site becomes fully integrated into the city at the west end; unless this happens, the site is likely to remain the isolated podium it is today.

The revisions to the residential courtyard are a great improvement, and we give our support to the principles of the residential development. We think that the diagram works well – the communal entrances are clearly marked, the corridors, though relatively long, have natural light and the flats are well planned. We have some concerns about the elevational treatment, and feel that more work needs to be done in that area. The elevations (of both the residential block and the tower) do not reflect the different requirements of orientation, and we do not believe that environmental matters have been given enough consideration. We note that the north point is incorrectly marked on the drawings.

We support the principle of having a lighter glass structure over the brick base, but feel that the treatment of the brick plinth would benefit from a more consistent architectural approach. The current design incorporates flat arches, brick panels (on Jutland Street) and balustrade cut backs; we feel that too many ideas are being incorporated, and that a singular, simpler, approach, one that maybe works with the grand steps and base of the tower would be more successful. We think a similar rigour needs to be applied to the treatment of the glass façade, particularly in relation to the base of the cladding – sometimes the cladding hangs freely, sometimes on straight columns, sometimes on sloping columns, sometimes the glass comes down to the ground. Overall, the project would benefit from a clearer attitude towards materials and detail.

We support the principle of the raised communal residential garden but feel that the current landscape proposal is a bit too fussy, and might make the space difficult to use; we would recommend that a calmer approach is taken. Whilst we understand that overlooking in the courtyard area might be thought of as a problem, and that the design team want to have aesthetic control the shading devices, we do not think that fixed screens are an appropriate solution.

In conclusion, we support the principles of the scheme, and feel that is has every chance of being a high quality development, but we believe that certain aspects need further attention. We are, however, confident that the design team have the skills to resolve these issues, and we are happy to let the local authority assess whether our concerns have been resolved

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Old June 9th, 2005, 02:00 PM   #2
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Where did that last image come from?
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Old June 9th, 2005, 02:47 PM   #3
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its been posted b4 you just missed it.
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Old June 9th, 2005, 04:56 PM   #4
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i really like the first render (at the top of the page); not so sure on the other 2 above^ :S.

Hope it ends up looking like it does in the first render!
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Old June 9th, 2005, 06:29 PM   #5
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In most big cities the train station is usually the worst part of town but Manchester has now got the opportunity to do the exact opposite. If all the plans are approved then its gonna look mint!
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Old June 9th, 2005, 06:49 PM   #6
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That last rendering (which I have seen before) makes me wonder are we going for a glow in the dark tower? lol.. (just kiddin).. although it would be scary to imagine the biggest tower of manc bein illuminous, it'd be visable from everywhere.. be able point out manc on a summers night due to some big glowing block..imagine the moths mind :S
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Old June 10th, 2005, 12:58 AM   #7
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News snippet,,and some other manchester developments ive not seen,including a couple for the Project Unity scheme

http://www.skmconsulting.com/pagetem...up.cfm?id=2723

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Old June 10th, 2005, 02:30 AM   #8
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News snippet,,and some other manchester developments ive not seen,including a couple for the Project Unity scheme

http://www.skmconsulting.com/pagetem...up.cfm?id=2723
Are you talking about the John Dalton ones or have I missed something? If so it's not project Unity as it's Manchester Met. The building is next to the Quardrangle, the low rise aspect of it has just had the landscaping outside done and looks quite good in parts.
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I've found another render:

http://www.driversjonas.com/?doc=13456

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Fantastic, well done KITR. Looks very good.
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That view wow...So exciting...
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Excellent, Kidz.

I like it.
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Residential and mixed-use development, comprehensive redevelopment and regeneration

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Drivers Jonas has successfully gained planning permission on behalf of Inacity Limited for the development of the Inacity Tower - a mixed-use redevelopment scheme on land to the rear of Piccadilly Station, at Ducie Street/Store Street.The scheme includes a 57-storey tower comprising a 220 bedroom hotel, fitness and conference facilities and 430 residential apartments, alongside a medium rise element with 267 residential apartments and associated car parking; a public multi-storey car park; ground floor commercial uses, a bridge link to Piccadilly Station and substantial new areas of open space.The application was supported by a full Environmental Statement, with Drivers Jonas co-ordinating the planning application submission and preparation of the accompanying Tall Building Statement.

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Advising and co-ordinating submission of planning application including supporting information and Tall Building Statement.Monitored progress of the application through to successful determination and issue of the decision notice.

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Old June 14th, 2005, 11:53 PM   #15
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That looks great. I could picture that in the middle of New York.
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Captured from the Inactiytower website showing a birds eye view.

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The two blocks at the front are the Ducie St apartments that are already there.

The three blocks to the rear form the entirety of the development at 58, 17 and 6 storeys.

Interesting that they are defining ground floor at Ducie St level rather than the lower Store Street level. So you could call it 58 or 60 storeys depending on what street you're standing on or have I misunderstood something?

I wonder if they'll build the lower rise blocks first before commencing on the taller tower. Even if they do, the 17 storey block will be by far and away the tallest and most imposing building yet built in Piccadilly Basin which is a poor record given the area's location. Still, progress is progress and its good to see this scale and quality of development has finally reached this much maligned part of the city centre.

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Fook........... What a bitch it is
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Manchester is truly becoming a world city
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To think this el' be twice the size of sunley :O Quite astonishing...

Whats more, no-one in england can rival us atm, an im loving every minute of it...Bileducts uplifting post has enlightened me to another spritual level, loving that post...

will this start the real boom?
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Excellent kitr,great find,,,once this ****** starts, the whole of piccadilly will change so fast,,,,excellent bring it on
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