IT FEELS as though Piccadilly’s long-mooted regeneration has finally begun to gain momentum in 2015. will be a true vertical village 

Alongside Network Rail’s Northern Hub expansion of Piccadilly Station, this year has seen multiple development schemes and regeneration frameworks pop-up around Manchester’s primary railway station, including: Allied London’s recent acquisition of London Road Fire Station; the proposed £150m Kampus neighbourhood; the 24-acre £500m Mayfield Quarter; and Capital & Centric’s ‘East Village’.

Next comes plans for Oxygen, a new 345 apartment residential scheme comprising three blocks of 31, fifteen and nine storeys, plus twelve ground-level townhouses at the corner of Cross Street and Millbank Street.

The scheme has been put forward by the Trafford Park-based Property Alliance Group – the property investor and developer behind the 27-storey Axis tower scheme on Deansgate Locks. 5plus Architects have designed both projects.

According to planning documents, Oxygen will reach 132.2m above sea-level, roughly 100m in total, making it one of Manchester's tallest residential buildings - but certainly not the tallest as suggested below (that'd be Beetham at 169m).

...Hmm might need recheckingThe tallest resi tower? That'd be Beetham in the far left 

Dylan Williams, Alliance development director, said: "We believe Oxygen will be a residential game-changer for the city – a new benchmark in urban living. It has been designed with the long-term resident in mind and will deliver very high-quality accommodation supported by high quality amenities."

Alongside access to rooftop gardens, residents will also benefit from a spa, a pool, a gym and 'party rooms'. Two bed apartments are expected to cost in the region of £240,000.

Jon Matthews, 5plus Architects director, said: “Oxygen will be a connected place, a place to connect with your friends, connect to Piccadilly and connect to the sky. With all the amenities it offers it will be a true vertical village and the design provides a welcome regeneration to the area around Piccadilly. Oxygen is unashamedly high quality, both iconic and accessible.”

Assuming planning is approved, Oxygen is expected to complete in 2018.

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