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Axis Rises From The Ashes

The latest plans for Axis Tower in the centre of the city of Manchester, now to be residential, have been approved by the local council.

Standing on Albion Street near enough to Deansgate to appear part of a cluster with the Hilton, the project was previously mooted to be a slender 18 floor office building with 6,700 square metres of space and a high-tech facade that would allow video advertisements making it the largest interactive billboard in the United Kingdom.

That project was however cancelled due to the Great Recession of 2008 shortly after foundation work was begun by Russells Construction but developer the Property Alliance Group has now come up with a residential version that sticks roughly to the massing of the previous office tower and will sit atop what was constructed in 2008.

Designed by 5Plus Architects, the scheme will contain 172 new apartments and two penthouses. Spread over 27 floors the project will be 93 metres tall, tall enough to make it the second tallest wholly residential tower in Manchester and the tallest private housing tower. Although the Hilton Deansgate has higher apartments, the bottom half of that tower is hotel.

The developer anticipates construction beginning in 2015 in response to the growing demand for new build apartments in the British residential market, and has already started marketing the apartments off-plan in Singapore to investors who would be looking at an alternative to the high prices of London.

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