Two major projects in the centre of Manchester got the nod from the council’s planning committee this afternoon.
The £150m Manchester Building of the Henry Royce Institute – the UK’s leading centre for advanced materials research and commercialisation, located at the heart of the University of Manchester’s Engineering Campus.
The 16,000 square metre building will house world-leading materials scientists, state-of-the-art equipment and collaborative space for industrial and academic engagement, set to open in 2019, the building will be the tallest on the University of Manchester campus and will be located next to the Alan Turing Building on Upper Brook Street.
More controversially, plans were passed for Property developer, Renaker to build two towers on Chester Rd overlooking the Castlefield Heritage Area.
Local residents and businesses had described the plans as a blot on the landscape but the decision will see the building of two tower blocks on derelict land housing 188 luxury apartments.