THE AXIS tower, a new 27-storey skyscraper on Deansgate Locks, has been given the go ahead by Manchester City Council.
“Great new buildings have never just happened. They are conceived, designed, developed and built by people of commitment and vision."
As you can see from these hi-res images, the svelte, super-modern glass tower of Axis is set to completely transform the Manchester city centre skyline.
Axis will be approximately 93m tall, making it the fifth tallest building in Manchester, behind Beetham Tower (169m), CIS Tower (118m), Student Castle (109m) and Piccadilly's City Tower (107m).
Arndale House (90m) and Manchester Town Hall (87m) fall just behind Axis.
Work on the new £40m skyscraper on Albion Street is set to begin in early-2015 with completion expected for late 2016.
The development by Property Alliance Group and Development Securities (designed by 5Plus Architects) will provide 172 one, two and three bedroom apartments alongside two luxury penthouses in the city's 'Southern Gateway'.
Axis will overlook HOME - Manchester's new £25m city centre multi-arts complex - set to open in Spring 2015 over the road as part of the wider £500m First Street regeneration scheme.
Property Alliance Group's chairman David Russell told Confidential in August: “Great new buildings have never just happened. They are conceived, designed, developed and built by people of commitment and vision. Our team has created a statement building that will stand proud in the Manchester skyline.
"The quality and design detail of the building’s external façade and interior is high on our agenda; a resident or visitor will experience a real sense of arrival at Axis unlike any other in Manchester and the two penthouse apartments will provide the pinnacle in luxury living.”
Matthew Weiner, Director at Development Securities said: “Axis Tower is a significant development opportunity for us and will deliver an iconic new residential building in the heart of Manchester.
“With planning now secured, we look forward to progressing the project to the next phase with a start on site anticipated in early 2015.
Deloitte Real Estate secured planning permission for the development.