This half-built concrete eyesore next to the Mancunian Way is finally being demolished
A half-built concrete eyesore on the edge of the Mancunian Way is FINALLY being bulldozed.
The abandoned frame of a car park and planned apartment block is being knocked down to make way for a 32-storey student skyscraper.
The shell, on River Street, is seen by hundreds of drivers every day.
It was abandoned by its original developers in 2005.
Since then, three lots of planning permission – first for a hotel, then for a 42-storey block of 600 apartments and finally, in 2015, for 430 flats – have been granted, but never enacted.
The last lot of plans did see part of the frame demolished.
The abandoned structure is finally being demolished. More than 800 student flats are set to be built on the plot.
Plans, by Liverpool-based student accommodation providers Downing, were approved by the council in March.
Concerns were raised by university chiefs about the proposed size of the flats, arguing they posed a potential risk to students’ wellbeing because they will be so small. At their smallest the flats will be around 13sqm.
There were also reservations about the location and the skyscraper’s distance from the University of Manchester.
But the flats were eventually deemed ‘adequate’ in size by planning officers – when combined with communal space.
Contractors have already bulldozed most of the structure.
The new development will provide a ‘bold, high profile building’ at a key location to the city centre, according planning documents.
“The site and surrounding area has been blighted for a many years now by the partially-completed concrete frame, which gives a poor perception of Manchester,” said the council’s own report.