Trinidad Islands: developer’s plans for four huge apartment buildings in Manchester city center


The 2,000 riverside apartments will also have a gym and bar.

Trinidad Islands CGI for Manchester plans Credit: Simpson Haugh

A developer has submitted plans to build four massive new towers in Manchester city center.

The proposals submitted by Reneker would see a high-rise quartet – including a massive 60-story skyscraper – appearing along the River Irwell.

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Known as the ‘Trinity Islands’, the four-acre site is divided in two by the Trinity Way bypass and currently used as a parking lot.

The project’s “elegant” towers would be built in pairs on either side of the road and would be 39 to 60 storeys high.

Trinidad Islands CGI for Manchester plans Credit: Simpson Haugh

These would house 1,950 apartments in total, including a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments.

The plans also include a gymnasium, ‘drinking establishment’ and lounge for residents, as well as a ‘commercial space’ on the ground floor.

What’s the story?

In 2017, the building permit was granted to Ally London to build five towers up to 67 stories in height.

But a year later, Renaker bought the site and decided to “review” the proposals with the goal of creating a “high quality” residential project.

A design and access statement submitted with the application sets out the developer’s vision for the area.

It reads: “The four elegant towers proposed to the Trinity Islands will provide a new gateway to the city center while providing a high quality living space.

“On the ground floor, significant investments will make it possible to integrate the device into this evolving part of the city. Renaker’s proposals aim to provide [1950] new, high-quality homes on the site, as well as a significant amount of public property for the city to benefit from.

Trinidad Islands CGI for Manchester plans Credit: Simpson Haugh

The document goes on to describe how the towers would be “rooted in a green park” and “form green lungs at the entrance to the city”.

He adds that the proposals “aim to improve the neighborhood with green spaces” as well as to make the site more pedestrian-friendly, with better links to the River Irwell.

“The sites are located in places where traffic is dominated by ‘islands’ where it is possible to change the character and nature of these spaces, from empty lots of concrete parking lots to green and open landscaped landscapes. », He indicates.

The developer claims that this “gentle landscaping” will create an attractive environment for people and wildlife, while reducing air and noise pollution.

Will there be parking?

Each building in Trinity Islands would have its own separate parking lot for cars and bikes in a two-story basement.

In total, there would be 556 parking spaces, including 56 for residents with disabilities. And up to 20% of them are offered to be equipped with charging stations for electric vehicles.

There would also be 1950 bicycle spaces – one for each apartment.

The decision whether or not to grant full building permit to the proposals will be made by Manchester City Council.

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