Planning Permission Granted for Trinity Island, Manchester

Full planning permission has been granted for new development, ‘Trinity Island’, comprising four residential towers of heights varying from 39 – 60 storeys and providing 1,950 new, high-quality homes including 3 bedroom family homes.

Located within the Castlefield Conservation Area of Manchester city centre, Trinity Island sits along the River Irwell and close to the emerging St John’s area, and new Factory venue for culture and arts, as well as Deansgate and Spinningfields districts.

Each proposed tower will feature interlocking and stepped internal amenity spaces and external terraces; cut into the building to provide unique, double height leisure spaces for residents. High-quality and aspirational health and wellbeing facilities are planned for residents, along with homeworking and social spaces.

Spaces for small café bars serve over three acres of new high-quality green public spaces. The striking elegant towers sit on the River Irwell, and a new river walkway will be created.

Designed by SimpsonHaugh, the towers utilise a diamond shaped plan; the different angles of the adjacent diamond corners express a ‘prow’ to each building, providing a sense of movement and expressing the orientation of the building form; and two towers have a curved appearance with concave and convex geometry at opposing faces, enabling the taller marker building to lock into the natural curvature of the River Irwell. The inflected building faces accentuate a contrast generating a more slender overall tower form.

A spokesperson from Renaker said:

We are delighted that our plans for Trinity Island have been approved by Manchester City Council. We look forward to delivering these new, iconic buildings, as well as new homes and facilities of the highest quality for residents and the wider community.”

Cllr Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: 

“It’s important that we look at major schemes like Trinity Island in the round, alongside our city’s plans and the positive impact that this sort of growth continues to have on our city. I am passionate about ensuring that Manchester’s growth benefits everyone.

Manchester remains a place of prodigious population growth and the city can only meet the demand for new housing through major schemes such as this one, which also brings brownfield land back into use. This sits alongside our Housing Strategy that bring forward ambitious plans for more social and genuinely affordable homes. 

Trinity Island is a significant investment in our city, which is testament to the confidence developers continue to have in Manchester, despite the ongoing economic challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This development alone will create 2,000 homes and 4,000 jobs in the construction stage. Renaker have agreed to invest £10m to create high quality public space that will create a new green riverside destination and will cover an area 40% of the footprint of the new Mayfield Park. 

However, what it perhaps most attractive about this sort of development is the social impact – it’s exciting we are seeing the first city centre school being built. It wouldn’t have been possible without the £1.5m that Renaker are investing in the Crown Street School – along with a further £100k contribution to be used for offsite affordable housing.

It’s sometimes too easy to focus on the perceived negatives of development in our city, but we should also remember the positive impact behind the headlines that growth that is sustainable can have on our communities.”

Firmly established as Manchester’s leading property developer, Renaker has a proven track record of delivering spacious, high-quality homes, with desirable amenities, and creating aspirational new neighbourhoods where communities can thrive long term.