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Deansgate Square
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South (foremost) and West (background) Towers under construction in July 2018. Axis Tower and Beetham Tower can be seen in the background.
General information
StatusUnder construction
Type Residential
LocationOwen Street, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 53°28′23″N2°15′11″W / 53.473°N 2.253°W / 53.473; -2.253 Coordinates: 53°28′23″N2°15′11″W / 53.473°N 2.253°W / 53.473; -2.253
Construction startedWest and South Towers: July 2016
North & East Towers: October 2017
Topped-outMay 2018 (West Tower), November 2018 (South Tower)
Estimated completionSouth and West: 2019 [1]
North and East: 2020
CostUndisclosed (estimated to be in excess of £385 million) [2]
OwnerRenaker (East, North & South Towers)
Legal & General (West Tower)
RoofSouth: 201 m (659 ft)
East: 158 m (518 ft)
North: 122 m (400 ft)
West Tower: 140 m (460 ft)
Technical details
Floor countSouth: 64
East: 50
North: 37
West: 44
Floor area183,000 sq metres
Design and construction
Architect SimpsonHaugh and Partners
Landscape: TPM
Structural engineerDP2
Main contractorRenaker Build
Other information
Number of roomsResidential Apartments: 1,508

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 (659 feet) 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. [3]

Skyscraper tall building

A skyscraper is a continuously habitable high-rise building that has over 40 floors and is taller than approximately 150 m (492 ft). Historically, the term first referred to buildings with 10 to 20 floors in the 1880s. The definition shifted with advancing construction technology during the 20th century. Skyscrapers may host offices, residential spaces, and retail spaces. For buildings above a height of 300 m (984 ft), the term supertall skyscrapers can be used, while skyscrapers reaching beyond 600 m (1,969 ft) are classified as megatall skyscrapers.

Deansgate railway station railway station

Deansgate is a railway station in Manchester city centre, England, approximately 1,100 yards (1 km) west of Manchester Piccadilly in the Castlefield area, at the junction of Deansgate and Whitworth Street West. It is part of the Manchester station group.

Mancunian Way road in England

The Mancunian Way is a two mile long elevated motorway in Manchester, England. It is officially made up of the A57(M) and A635(M) motorways, although the latter does not appear on road signs for practical reasons. It is also part of two other roads: the A57 to the west, which runs east–west through Greater Manchester linking the M602 and M67 motorways, and a short section of non-motorway A635 to the east. Part of this non-motorway section collapsed on 14 August 2015 due to a sinkhole.


In 2016, the scheme was revived with a planning application for a cluster of four skyscrapers — the tallest being South Tower at 201 metres (659 feet). Although incomplete, the topped out concrete core and floor plates of the South Tower surpassed the 169–metre Beetham Tower as the tallest building in Manchester in November 2018. It will be the 5th tallest building in the United Kingdom after Shard London Bridge, One Canada Square, Heron Tower and the Leadenhall Building - all of which are in London.

Beetham Tower, Manchester skyscraper in Manchester, England

Beetham Tower is a landmark 47-storey mixed use skyscraper in Manchester, England. Completed in 2006, it is named after its developers, the Beetham Organisation, and was designed by SimpsonHaugh and Partners. The development occupies a sliver of land at the top of Deansgate, hence its elongated plan, and was proposed in July 2003, with construction starting a year later.

The Shard skyscraper in London, England

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One Canada Square skyscraper in Canary Wharf, London

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Construction on the tower complex officially began in July 2016 with developer Renaker beginning construction on South and West Towers which will be 201 and 140 metres tall. [4] Construction commenced on North & East Towers, which will be 122 and 158 metres tall, in October 2017 with these two towers continuing to rise in 2018 as work on the South and West Towers tops out and interior fit out commences. As of June 2019, additional towers are under construction in the adjacent vicinity as part of the Great Jackson Street Development Framework, including the 155 metre Elizabeth Tower.


2007 original scheme

The 2007 scheme consisted of five high-rise buildings containing nearly 1,100 residential units, 100 serviced apartments, a hotel, parking, office and retail space, and community facilities. [5] The tallest skyscraper planned was “Block D”, which would have been 49 storeys [6] — two storeys more than Manchester's tallest building, Beetham Tower — and 150 metres (492 ft) high. [7]

A planning application was submitted to Manchester City Council in 2007 and was approved early in 2008. [5] [6] Permission to extend the time limit for building on the site was sought from the Council in early 2011, [8] a request which was granted in September 2011. [9]

2016 revived scheme

The revised scheme, proposed by developers Renaker Build and designed by SimpsonHaugh and Partners, was made public in January 2016 with a planning application to seek permission for the construction of four skyscrapers submitted in April. [10]

SimpsonHaugh and Partners English architecture practice

SimpsonHaugh and Partners is an English architecture practice established in 1987 by Ian Simpson and Rachel Haugh. The practice is based in Manchester with offices in London. In 2014 the practice re-branded as Simpson Haugh & Partners.

The proposed towers range from 122 to 200+ metres high – South Tower is 64 floors and 200.5 metres tall, East Tower is 50 floors and 157.9 metres tall, North Tower is 37 floors and 122 metres tall and West Tower is 44 floors and 140.4 metres tall. [11] [12]

The scheme was approved by Manchester City Council on 30 June 2016. [13]


Construction on the tower complex officially began in July 2016 with developer Renaker starting construction on South and West Towers. [4] Piling works on West Tower were complete by November 2016 with tower cranes erected soon after. [14] Both towers would continue to rise for another two years before "topping out" in mid-2018.

By October 2017, as both the South and West Towers continued to rise, construction on the foundation and podium for the North and East Towers commenced. By July 2018, the West Tower "topped out" having reached the 45th floor - its highest floor level. By November 2018, the South Tower – the tallest tower of the approved scheme at 201 metres – had "topped out" having reached the 65th floor, its highest floor level.

In August 2018, institutional investor Legal & General acquired the 140 metre West Tower with the intention to rent the tower out once complete. [15] Although this deal for the West Tower was undisclosed, its estimated real estate value was believed to be in the region of £200 million according to Estates Gazette . [16] [17]

Update as of June 2019. Work on the West tower is complete and the first tenants have started to take occupancy. The South is nearing substantial completion. Work continues on the East tower the core of which has topped out at 50 floors, and the North tower the core of which has topped out at 37 floors.

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