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Liberty Heights
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The tower seen from Oxford Road, Manchester
Former names Liberty Living
General information
Status Complete
Type Skyscraper
Location Great Marlborough Street,
Greater Manchester,
Construction started 2010
Completed September 2012
Owner Liberty Living
Landlord Liberty Living
Tip 109 metres (358 ft)
Roof 106 metres (348 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 37
Design and construction
Architect Hodder and Partners
Main contractor Shepherd Construction
Allied Developments

Liberty Heights (also known as Wakefield Street Tower, or 17 New Wakefield Street) is a skyscraper apartment building in Manchester, England, west of Oxford Street. 17 New Wakefield Street was designed by local architect Stephen Hodder in a clustered architectural form and was completed in September 2012. The skyscraper is situated adjacent to Oxford Road railway station, on the corner of Great Marlborough Street. The skyscraper is 37 storeys high at a height of 109 metres and is the ninth tallest building in Manchester behind towers such as Deansgate Square's South Tower, the Beetham Tower and CIS Tower.


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Night Side View

Four development schemes were proposed for the site in four years. Plans for a 65-metre residential tower were proposed in 2006 featuring a design similar to the tower being built. However, despite obtaining planning approval, the proposal was abandoned. In December 2009, the project was revived with a plan for a 106-metre residential tower.

A planning application was made in early 2010, and planning consent granted in July 2010. Construction work began weeks after consent was granted. By November 2011, the tower had risen in height considerably, and on 18 April 2012, the tower had its topping out ceremony at a height of 109 metres.

Upon opening the building was named Student Castle, later renamed to Liberty Heights.


17 New Wakefield Street is a residential development of high rise flats aimed at young people and students. At 109m high it is the tallest, purpose built student accommodation in the world. It is the third tallest building in Manchester by roof height and the joint 43rd tallest nationally. Its apparent height is accentuated slightly by its position on a slope. The tower has some resemblance to the Mathematics Tower which also had a clustered exterior but was controversially demolished by the University of Manchester in 2005.

The project has 525 bedrooms in four stepped towers built on a foot area of 7,000 square feet. Plans for a residents' car park were rejected by planners concerned about the impact of a large building and busy location.

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