|Construction started||January 2017|
|Roof||93 m (305 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Main contractor||Russell Construction|
Axis (also known as the Axis Tower) is a tower topped out and under construction in Manchester city centre, Manchester, England.The tower has had two iterations, one as a stalled construction project which was cancelled due to the Great Recession in 2008, and the other as residential which was announced in 2014. When completed, Axis Tower will become the seventh tallest building in Manchester until the completion of the Deansgate Square and Angel Gardens projects that are currently under construction.
Manchester city centre is the central business district of Manchester, England, within the boundaries of Trinity Way, Great Ancoats Street and Whitworth Street. The City Centre ward had a population of 17,861 at the 2011 census.
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Based on Albion Street, the Axis Tower was originally conceived as an office development. 51-metre-high (167 ft) LCD video wall, which in 2008 - the time of its construction - was believed to be the largest in the world.Designed in 2007 by architect HKR, and first developed by the Property Alliance Group, it was notable for the inclusion of a
Located close to Manchester Central, the 18 storey building was to be 70.90 metres tall, and was originally intended to create 6968 square metres (75,003 sq ft) of Grade A office space.This was made possible by a design that enabled the building's upper floors to overhang the site. The main contractor for the project was Russell Construction and the building's design features unitised curtain walling from Wicona Projects.
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The construction of the building's foundations and the complexity of the site presented a civil engineering challenge. The site is subject to restricted covenants and party wall awards on all four sides,and it is located immediately beside the Bridgewater Canal.
The Bridgewater Canal connects Runcorn, Manchester and Leigh, in North West England. It was commissioned by Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, to transport coal from his mines in Worsley to Manchester. It was opened in 1761 from Worsley to Manchester, and later extended from Manchester to Runcorn, and then from Worsley to Leigh.
In 2009, with the piling work completed, development was put on hold in response to the global economic downturn. As a consequence, the plan to establish Axis Tower as a landmark commercial site was never realised.
In 2012, a new developer took control of the project. The company devised a new scheme to transform the building into a residential building, and in the same year, obtained the planning permission necessary to do this. The re-design project was awarded to 5plus Architects, which was established in October 2010 after the closure of HKR.The scheme's objective was to create a 22-storey residential building comprising 136 private apartments.
The project manager is Evolve 2 Consult, and the structural engineer is Capita Symonds. Arup Group has been appointed as fire engineer, and Compass Energy Consulting Engineers Ltd (Ce2) as the building services consultants. Russell Construction remains as the main contractor for the project.
As of spring 2013, with the foundations complete, the site was ready for building work to start.
In May 2014, Atlas Blue Property released a document to Chinese investors signalling a changed design for the tower, drawn up by 5plus Architects. Axis Tower's use is to remain residential, but the new design will be 28 storeys tall with clad sides.Construction began in January 2017.
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