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Eric Parry Tower Approved In Central Manchester

Plans for a new 18 floor office building designed by Eric Parry to stand in central Manchester have been approved by the local council.

The site sits opposite the convention quarter of Manchester Central and the historic Midland Hotel on 24 Mount Street, which is presently occupied by the defunct five floor office building, London Scottish House.

The building has been designed to contain about 17,000 square metres of office space. At the bottom the ground mezzanine floor is recessed behind a colonnade, whilst the upper plant level is set back behind a facade overrun. As a recognition of the more traditional building materials used in this area thanks to the profusion of listed buildings, Parry has employed light brick cladding.

Development is being driven by the appearance of a lack of grade A office space in Manchester. Although St Peter's Square has seen several notable developments of this caliber emerge, years of commercial inactivity has seen the office pipeline become severely depleted with a potential shortage for occupiers on the horizon.

Plans for a previous tall building on this site failed to be realised with Shepherd Robson designing a 33 floor tower back in November 2008 which was opposed by English Heritage. Perhaps due to the declining economic backdrop the United Kingdom was experiencing at the time.

Although planning permission has been awarded this time, it has been done so on the condition that there be no demolition on site unless the developer follows through with actual construction.

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24 Mount Street, Manchester
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