Austin-Smith:Lord brings ‘GRAVITY’ to East Manchester
At 30 storeys with shops and over 380 apartments ‘Gravity’ on Store Street in Manchester is an exciting new residential development designed by Austin-Smith:Lord for developers Time & Tide.
‘Gravity’ is the direct design progression from a series of feasibility studies and initial concept designs for a new landmark residential building on Great Ancoats Street that were produced late last year by Austin-Smith:Lord.
The Store Street development sees 385 one and two bedroom apartments over 30 storeys, placed over ground floor commercial and retail space over two levels of basement car parking. The £72 million project was eventually passed after a lengthy meeting of Manchester’s Council’s planning
committee yesterday (13 September), which resulted in an unconditional approval for the 30-storey residential tower.
The six storey residential block responds to the fall of the existing topography across the site and the adjacent existing housing. The thirty storey tower forms a landmark structure will help to signal the regeneration of the Piccadilly Station hinterland. A glass core connects both forms and is exposed to the north and south as the layers of facade are
peeled away to reveal the activities of city living. The northern facade is fully glazed and at night will provide an illuminated beacon for East Manchester. The project will also include a five storey podium block and will be instrumental in bringing new life to East Manchester, acting as a new link between the east and the city centre which includes the new Piccadilly Place development.