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Manchester’s First Vertical Village and Tallest Residential Scheme in North West Trinity Islands Receives Planning

Allied London’s ambitious and pioneering Trinity Islands development received planning for Manchester City Council earlier today. This vertical village will offer residents unrivalled and stunning views of the city from the schemes sky-gardens, light boxes and observation decks, with the tallest of the towers standing at 67-storeys (213 metres) – the tallest in the city.

5 elegant towers will make up Trinity Islands and form an integrated city-centre community, with residents benefiting from onsite convenience which will include a farmers market, education facility as well as a mix of commercial and retail units. 1,400 homes will be created at this iconic development, and with direct access to the River Irwell, Trinity Islands will breathe life into an under-utilised site by introducing independent, locally-minded bars, cafes, community galleries as well as a boat club.

Trinity Islands will create gardens and communal areas in the sky, offering not only unrivalled views of the city, but a real alternative for those who previously would move away from the city to the suburbs. Trinity Islands is bold and designed to bring something special to the Manchester skyline in an area which will benefit from the scheme.

Working with architects CGL and stakeholders, Allied London’s ambition and brief is to bring community, amenities and a real living environment to a substantial brownfield derelict waterfront area that has been divided by the Inner relief Road, and stitch the development into the surrounding city centre and along the river Irwell, but importantly also provide a heart to all the surrounding new residential development in this area of the City. 

Mike Ingall, Chief Executive of Allied London, commented “This is an ambitious and important development. It is not simply a residential development, it’s the creation of a community that can serve a much wider neighbourhood. Our experience in taking over the former Clarence Dock in Leeds and successfully delivering the new Leeds Docks shows the importance of creating an appropriate mix of use around significant residential developments. Other developments in this new area have little to no community, retail, recreation uses, so we have been keen that Trinity Islands will be the heart of this new area”.

“We also intend to work with Manchester City Council to ensure the development is affordable for city centre workers, who currently have to suffer long commutes but would prefer to live in the City centre. With regard to the towers, in my view there is no point in building something on this scale if everyone can’t appreciate and be part of it. The observation decks will act as visitor attraction and be a big draw – we want people to enjoy this development and be part of it”.

James Sidlow, Project Director at Allied London, said “Trinity Islands is a scheme of scale; an ambition that reflects the city’s own. It’s about introducing height and creating a bold skyline in an area where it is appropriate to do so. Manchester is ready for Trinity Islands. Allied London are inspired by forward thinking global cities, but have also listened carefully to what Manchester wants. Residents want to feel part of a community with heart & soul, to feel connected to the city but also have all the amenities of a village on their doorstep”. 

Greg Jones, associate director at Child Graddon Lewis, comments: “Achieving planning consent represents a significant step forward in the delivery of Trinity Islands. Since we started working with Allied London on this scheme in 2014, we’ve focussed on creating a design that deals with the challenges of an isolated under-utilised site, bringing forward a development proposal that matches the city’s ambition and drive with the scheme’s architecture and social aspirations.”


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