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Pomona Points To Fruity Manchester Future

Manchester is seeing another development approved with the thumbs up for a new five block scheme called Pomona on the Manchester Ship Canal as part of Peel Holding's plans to regenerate the 35 acre site with residential development and a mixture of new retail outlets plus a marina.

The blocks that were approved last week by the planning committee of Trafford Borough Council have been designed by architects, the Fairhurst Design Group. They will reach up to 16 floors and will set back the developer 23.6 million to build the 546 flats the scheme will contains.

Since the scheme was first floated it has undergone a number of design changes, the most obvious is the linkage between each of the blocks that are in the original design ran along the dock-side under connecting glass canopies. This central circulation zone is now gone making each building stand alone.

The shape of the blocks themselves hasn't changed from earlier versions, they remain nautically inspired leaning towards the water like the bow of a ship. The top floor of each building, features floor to ceiling glazing looking down like the captains deck of a vessel. As they move away from the canal each of the buildings steps down at it's back creating extra terracing for the residents.

This isn't the first time however that Manchester has seen buildings planned that follow along a nautical concept, the NV Buildings and Erie Basin both exhibit these traits and some feel that combined with the waterside location there is a danger it can become an architectural clich for Manchester. Indeed there is a striking resemblance in basic and shape and massing between this and the larger Peel Holdings development on the nearby Dock 9.

The location of the development in Manchester is strategically important being one of a number of recent schemes that will help plug the existing gap between Manchester and Salford Quays that are in many ways still separate rival centres for Greater Manchester despite their close proximity.

Once work begins on site it is expected to have a timetable of about 18 months starting in 2006.

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