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28-Storey Axis Tower Planned For Albion Street

172 new apartments for the city centre by autumn 2016

Written by . Published on August 8th 2014.

28-Storey Axis Tower Planned For Albion Street

PLANS have been revealed for a 28-storey slim glass tower of apartments on a prominent corner site close to Deansgate Locks and Manchester Central.

"A resident or visitor will experience a real sense of arrival at Axis unlike any other in Manchester."

This sliver of a site at the junction of Albion Street and Whitworth Street West was originally earmarked for offices, but a dearth of high quality homes in the city centre prompted the developer, Property Alliance Group, to change tack.

The tower, designed by 5plus Architects, will now house 172 one, two and three bedroom high specification apartments with the top floor split into two mega pads.

PAG chairman David Russell is pretty bullish: “Great new buildings have never just happened. They are conceived, designed, developed and built by people of commitment and vision.

“Our team has created a statement building that will stand proud in the Manchester skyline. The quality and design detail of the building’s external façade and interior is high on our agenda; a resident or visitor will experience a real sense of arrival at Axis unlike any other in Manchester and the two penthouse apartments will provide the pinnacle in luxury living.”

Axis TowerAxis Tower

Fair play to them for aiming high and the quality of the detail looks impressive.

5plus director Jon Matthews said: “It’s a unique site that required a unique and dramatic response and we are fortunate to be working with a developer who shares our vision and ambition to deliver Manchester's best residential building."

It’s going to make quite a statement, not just the shimmering bronze and glass finish but also the LED screen on the side of the building that faces the city. The original office scheme boasted one its entire height but this is more modest and when not in use will be programmed to disappear into the building's façade.

There's no doubt that a new development of high quality, high-end apartments for sale is needed. Stephen Hogg, director of regional residential at JLL and appointed agent said: “The residential market is buoyant at the moment with demand far outstripping supply. Axis will be one of the first developments to take shape in a series of new planning applications recently submitted.

“Axis’ iconic design and superior specification and finish will set it apart in Manchester’s current residential offering and the reservations already taken on the scheme are testament to the demand for quality developments from both owner-occupiers as well as domestic and international investors.”

If planning is granted this autumn construction would commence immediately with the first residents moving in from autumn 2016.


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28 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousAugust 8th 2014.

'A dearth of high quality homes'? I take it Urban Splash aren't involved!

Poster BoyAugust 8th 2014.

Some might argue 'great buildings' on this site, are more about reacting to market demand and Far East investor pre-sales, rather than any 'vision' thing. 75,000 sq ft, 18-storey office tower anyone? Nope, the market neither.

Calum McGAugust 8th 2014.

Don't think it matters mate. It's a handsome looking tower - bring it on!

AnonymousAugust 8th 2014.

Becoming like the 60s when they built characterless buildings. They're knocking those down now....

AnonymousAugust 8th 2014.

Great design, potentially a very noisy site though with roads, the bars / clubs and the metro

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Calum McGAugust 11th 2014.

Well, people should think very carefully before buying in such a location... else they will start to moan that city centre living is just all too much for them... ;)

rinkydinkAugust 8th 2014.

Looks great - bang opposite the wonderfully named Home too ;-)

AvoAugust 8th 2014.

I hope it doesn't have a flat roof...

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2014.


AnonymousAugust 9th 2014.

But there are hundreds of buildings with a flat roof that have no problem. It is about the workmanship and materials, ever heard of a tiled or slate roof leaking? So have I. By the way, it would look ridiculous if it had a slate hipped roof, or a pitched roof with gables.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2014.

Yet another unimaginative block of flats that will be unaffordable to the many.

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AnonymousNovember 14th 2014.


AnonymousAugust 9th 2014.

I just hope the people in the flats don't complain about the late night bars below...

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AnonymousNovember 14th 2014.

I doubt the windows will open enough to let the noise in.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2014.

Probably will everybody who lives in the city moans about the noise!

Kevin PeelAugust 11th 2014.

Always good to read about new developments in our ward on ManCon... Once again a developer who hasn't bothered to engage local residents or councillors in their plans. We'll be looking at this carefully and fully consulting residents during the planning process. If the developer would like to fill us in before then do ask them to get in touch.

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SquirrelitoAugust 11th 2014.

This has been doing the rounds for weeks, Kevin. You really should keep up.

SquirrelitoAugust 11th 2014.

...and bearing in mind there was an announcement about Axis in the presence of Sir Richard Leese, he might be wondering why it's come as such a surprise to yourself.

AnonymousAugust 11th 2014.

Nice of you to engage local residents before proposing a 500,000 square foot development at Oxford Road station, effectively sealing the date of the Cornerhouse building, Kev.

JoanAugust 11th 2014.

Some developers consult councillors and residents prior to formally submitting the plans to the planning process. Axis disappointingly hasn't done this so far; the Oxford Road / Cornerhouse project is nowhere near that stage yet. Allied London is, to date, setting new standards in its early-stage Granada site conversations.

Calum McGNovember 14th 2014.

What's there to engage? It's a great building. Let's get on with it!

rinkydinkAugust 11th 2014.

What's it got to do with 'local residents?' The nearest ones live in Beetham Tower or the Hacienda. Are they going to protest at a large residential block going up?!

AnonymousAugust 11th 2014.

Is it just me or has Beetham being airbrushed out of this pic? Surely it would still be visible above or to the side? lol Seriously though this looks good!!

Paul WildNovember 13th 2014.

I like this.It is totally superior to the hideous specimen on the site of the old Harry Ramsden chippy. That is embarrassing for a city with aspirations to be amongst the coolest in Europe. Of course Axis may not look like this when it is finished. What on earth is that monstrosity near the Midland all about the one on the old Scottish assurance site. When are we going to start building tall again. So lacking in ambition these days Manchester. The original plan for this site was a Beetham clone which would have worked better than a building more suited to Watford high street. Think big!We are an iconic city not a third rate backwater.

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AnonymousNovember 14th 2014.

Who are you talking to?

Sir Christopher WrenNovember 14th 2014.

It looks terrific from St Peter's Square. I am not enamoured by the First street architecture as yet. This is a missed opportunity for such a large site. Hopefully when finished it will look better. It seems very ad hoc. The buildings near Chorlton mill are naff too. The overhead railway should be the window to Manchester and the stunning buildings on Whitworth street are not enhanced by the rubbish thrown up around them. That student tower is nasty.

CatherinevinasclaveriaDecember 28th 2014.

wow,, ,remarkable

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