Trinity Islands, Manchester
In July 2017, Trinity Islands, touted as ‘Manchester’s first vertical village’, received planning permission from Manchester City Council.
Due to be the tallest residential scheme in North West England, the project was designed by award-winning architects Child Graddon Lewis (CGL). The towers will be 213 m tall, overtaking Beetham Tower which is currently the city's tallest building at 169 m.
The project is intended to form ‘distinctive riverside communities along the Irwell’; a mixed-use development consisting of 1,400 homes within five towers. Prospective residents will be offered the choice to buy or opt to join private residential communities (PRC).
The towers will include farmer’s markets, retail units and educational facilities forming the core of a city-centre 'village'. It will boast independent bars supporting locally-brewed craft beer, cafes, communities galleries and event spaces, as well as a new boat club with access to the Irwell.
The project seeks to emulate the recent success at Leeds Dock, which was also designed by CGL. However, it has not been without its critics. The plans have been condemned by the Victorian Society, which is concerned that the 'gargantuan scale of the towers…would conflict with the prevailing character and defining aspects of the area.'
James Sidlow, project director at Allied London, said; “Trinity Islands’ appeals to a wide variety of people with its excellent onsite amenity and community-lead retail offering, as well as its sky gardens and lounges that allow residents to relax and unwind. One of the tallest residential schemes in Western Europe, residents will enjoy some of Manchester’s most scenic views”.
Greg Jones, associate director at Child Graddon Lewis, said; “Since our initial appointment, it’s been a real privilege working on the design for Allied London’s visionary new scheme. The aim of Trinity Islands is to provide Manchester with the opportunity to create a world-class neighbourhood and a self-sustaining community of residents and workers. This is a project that goes beyond what’s required and not only creates housing, a well-known priority for the UK, but rather an environment that benefits local communities".
Allied London intend to start construction towards the end of 2017.
For more information, visit www.cgluk.com
Content and images courtesy CGL.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
We interviewed CEO Andrew Carpenter about the rising popularity of timber, Grenfell, the future of 'plyscrapers', and more.
Can you pump heavyweight concrete through 500 m of 125 mm pipeline? Andrew Turner discusses the challenges at Crossrail.
DRAFT technical manual for BREEAM UK Non-domestic New Construction 2018 manual open to comments.
What is a certificate of non completion? Find out with this introductory article.
Read about the launch event for our major new report about the worrying and widening construction knowledge gap.
We've analysed 6 million pieces of data to reveal that the knowledge framework underpinning the construction industry is no longer fit for purpose.
Retrofitting traditional buildings depends on understanding how they differ from modern construction.
The theme for BSRIA's 2017 Briefing is 'Solutions to Tomorrow’s Challenges in Today’s Buildings'.
Dealing more than 1,700 consultations was just one of last year’s tasks for the Gardens Trust.
Read about the history behind one of California's most iconic buildings, the Griffith Observatory.
ICE examine just how close we are to providing subsidy-free low carbon electricity.
Have a look at MAD Architects' design proposal for renovating Montparnasse Tower into a concave mirror.