Axis Tower

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Axis Tower
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General information
StatusUnder construction
Type Residential
Location Manchester, England
Coordinates 53°28′27.94″N2°14′55″W / 53.4744278°N 2.24861°W / 53.4744278; -2.24861 Coordinates: 53°28′27.94″N2°14′55″W / 53.4744278°N 2.24861°W / 53.4744278; -2.24861
Construction startedJanuary 2017
Roof93 m (305 ft) [1]
Technical details
Floor count28 [2]
Design and construction
Architect5plus Architects
Main contractorRussell Construction

Axis (also known as the Axis Tower) is a tower topped out and under construction in Manchester city centre, Manchester, England. [3] 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.

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Deansgate Square

Deansgate Square, formerly known as Owen Street, is a skyscraper cluster development currently under construction on the southern edge of Manchester City Centre, consisting of four skyscrapers, the highest will be 201 metres tall when completed. The site is just south of Deansgate railway station and north of the Mancunian Way, bounded by Old Deansgate, Pond Street, Owen Street and the River Medlock. Manchester City Council adopted a framework in the early 2000s, known as the Great Jackson Street Development Framework, which earmarked the site as an acceptable location for high-rise buildings. The framework was enacted to encourage building development as the site had been vacant for many years and was perceived to be isolated as it was bounded by major arterial roads.



Based on Albion Street, the Axis Tower was originally conceived as an office development. [4] Designed in 2007 by architect HKR, and first developed by the Property Alliance Group, it was notable for the inclusion of a 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. [5]

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. [6] This was made possible by a design that enabled the building's upper floors to overhang the site. [7] The main contractor for the project was Russell Construction and the building's design features unitised curtain walling from Wicona Projects. [8]

Manchester Central Convention Complex

Manchester Central Convention Complex is an exhibition and conference centre converted from the former Manchester Central railway station in Manchester, England.

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, [7] and it is located immediately beside the Bridgewater Canal.

Bridgewater Canal 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. [9] 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. [10] Construction began in January 2017.

Construction progress

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  2. "Plans". Axis Tower. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
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  7. 1 2 Adrian Welch / Isabelle Lomholt, “Axis Tower Manchester”, October 15, 2007,
  8. Wincona website, Archived 2013-06-16 at the Wayback Machine
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