Jon Matthews’ 38-storey Manchester scholar tower will get inexperienced gentle


Councillors backed the part-11 and part-38-storey growth for Premier Inn and Dominvs at an agenda-packed planning assembly on Thursday (1 June).

The One Medlock Avenue scheme, for a 0.74ha plot south of Deansgate, will ship 1,014 beds in addition to Grade A workplace house throughout two buildings totalling 36,500m².

Planning officers mentioned Jon Matthews Architects’ proposals would deal with the necessity for scholar lodging within the metropolis centre and supply a high-quality constructing on a  ‘landmark gateway website’ to the south of central Manchester, simply above the Mancunian Method.

The planning report cited a number of close by tall buildings – together with the Beetham Tower, Axis, and Deansgate Sq. – to justify the proposal’s top.

The officers praised using Cort-en metal on the 11-storey portion and ‘glazed curtain walling’ on the 38-storey constructing, saying it gave the ‘a crisp, light-weight feeling to the elevations’ that complemented surrounding buildings.

Whereas Jon Matthews Architects’ scheme requires the demolition of an present Premier Inn lodge, the planning report mentioned redevelopment would assist Manchester attain a 2038 Internet Zero goal by way of vitality effectivity financial savings.

Jon Matthews Architects’ accredited scheme for One Medlock Avenue

Jon Matthews Architects has a rising portfolio of main schemes in and round Manchester, together with the £44 million No 1 Outdated Trafford housing scheme (accomplished 2021), and the 32-storey residential growth Oxygen (accomplished 2022), in addition to initiatives within the surrounding First Avenue Strategic Improvement Framework (FSSDF) plan.

Apply founder Jon Matthews mentioned: ‘The event is a key piece of the jigsaw of the FSSDF set out by Manchester metropolis council

‘The workplace constructing is designed as a sustainable office utilising the very best sustainable practices [and] the residential tower acts as a gateway into town from its southern edge. Clad in anodised aluminium, the tower has a sculptural tapered type to catch daylight and reflections of the sky.

‘Individually it’s a vital challenge however taken as an entire that is transformational growth giving an entire new face to town’s southern method.’

A future timescale for the scheme shouldn’t be but identified.

In addition to granting consent for the One Medlock Avenue utility, the planning committee additionally accredited almost a dozen different schemes yesterday, together with submissions from BDP and Studio Egret West.

Undertaking information

Location One Medlock Avenue Manchester
Native authority Manchester Metropolis Council
Sort of challenge Blended-use scholar lodging and workplace growth
Shopper Dominvs Group and Premier Inn Inns
Architect Jon Matthews Architects
Panorama architect Planit ie
Planning advisor Turley
Structural engineer Ramboll
Mechanical and engineering advisor Ridge
Amount surveyor Cumming
Principal designer Safer Sphere
Lighting advisor Ridge
Major contractor To be confirmed
Funding To be confirmed
Begin on website date To be confirmed
Contract length To be confirmed
Gross inner ground space m² 67,400m²
Annual CO2 emissions To be confirmed
Whole price To be confirmed

Supply:Jon Matthews

Jon Matthews Architects’ accredited scheme for One Medlock Avenue


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