A new landmark residential building on Great Ancoats Street, the £50m scheme provides 330 apartments and 1,800m 2 of commercial space on an important city centre site. A 35 storey tower and five storey block share a common language of sheer glass skins wrapping the buildings, partly masking the timber clad solid balcony walls and integrated shading elements placed to respond to orientation and aspect.
The tower forms a landmark structure signaling the regeneration of the Piccadilly Station hinterland. The residential block responds to the fall of the existing topography across the site, the adjacent existing housing, and the tradition of solid industrial buildings that make up the street level experience in the area. The ground floor levels of the scheme are populated by commercial and public uses including the urban garden space at the pedestrian entrance to the scheme.
All apartments open onto a fully glazed balcony buffer space providing tempered natural ventilation and reducing heat losses and gains. Conspicuous energy generation technologies have been eschewed in favour of discrete passive measures to reduce the carbon footprint of the development. The proposals were supported by CABE and planning permission was granted in September 2007.