544-home tower could start on site next year, says architect

OMI Architects has floated its proposals for a 544-home, 55-storey tower that would be Salford’s tallest building.

One Heritage Tower, earmarked for Greengate – just across the River Irwell from Manchester city centre – would be taller than Ian Simpson Architects’ 2006 Beetham Tower, but not as tall as his renamed practice SimpsonHaugh Architects’ new South Tower in the city.

OMI held a consultation event on its One Heritage Tower plans last week, although a planning application has yet to be submitted for the proposal.

The architect said the scheme would include a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments – along with duplexes and penthouses. OMI said the project would also include a residents’ lounge, a rooftop garden, a pavilion, a gym and a library.

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Practice director Nick Berry said the tower was a further demonstration of the practice’s “evolving approach to repairing cities” and bringing new life to “tired and unloved” areas.

“We have worked closely with Salford city council to create a building that not only ties in with Salford’s aspirations for the area but will make a significant contribution to the skyline of this emerging quarter of the city,” he said.

“It will be seen as a progression from our other major urban developments such as the nearby One Greengate and Anaconda Cut apartment buildings.”

The 33-storey one Greengate Tower is on the opposite side of New Bridge Street from the site earmarked for One Heritage Tower. OMI’s 44-storey Anaconda Cut tower won planning permission in 2016. It was originally known as Exchange Court.

OMI said construction of One Heritage Tower could start next year.