Manchester’s Changing Skyline

I'm by no means a FOC but Manchester city centre now is a soulless, generic hellscape full of drab grey glass boxes. It's lost almost all the post-industrial architectural charm that it sold itself on for so many years.

It's hideous and of almost zero architectural merit.

All of it?
Salboy on-site with Obsidian.

New animated CGI video released.

Introducing Obsidian, an exquisite residential tower nestled in the vibrant heart of Manchester city centre. Rising proudly over the skyline, this 26-storey architectural marvel offers a luxurious and elegant living experience, combined with a thriving community ambiance.


Obsidian presents a collection of 250 stunning apartments, including studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts. Each residence is meticulously designed to provide a blend of modern luxury and comfort. The building boasts best-in-class amenities, such as a state-of-the-art gymnasium, a captivating cinema room, a sophisticated private dining space, and more.

Conveniently situated within walking distance of Manchester's bustling city centre, Obsidian offers residents a highly desirable lifestyle. Embracing the city's rich industrial heritage, the building's inspiring design pays homage to its past while embracing contemporary elegance. Obsidian stands as a testament to architectural brilliance, offering a truly exceptional living experience that surpasses anything else in the city.

The developer’s construction partner, Domis, has started on site in Salford’s Greengate with a view to complete before the end of 2026.


Hotspur Press to host brick clad 36-storey tower​


Of course, this is Manchester city centre and commerce abhors an undeveloped vacuum. Property developer Manner working with Manchester's award-winning Hodder + Partners have therefore come up with a startling solution to preserve the well-loved shell of Hotspur Press but make it work financially. They're transforming the old building into a 4-storey podium for a 36-storey brick clad tower.


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Does anyone know where this is in East Manchester and what’s going on?

The pictures showing the Etihad stadium in the distance and the canal close by will help to place the site, if anyone knows?

Tom Lochrie - Linkedin




Centre tower.

Our ECF partnership with Homes England and Legal & General has announced that CBRE Investment Management will fund the latest project at the heart of the Salford Central.

The 23-storey building will include 196 apartments located on the bank of the River Irwell between The Slate Yard and Novella, both of which were also delivered by ECF.



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