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View from Barbirolli Square, northern facade
General information
Status Complete
Type Residential
Location Manchester, England
Coordinates 53°28′27.94″N 2°14′55″W / 53.4744278°N 2.24861°W / 53.4744278; -2.24861
Construction started January 2017
Completed 2019
Cost £30 million
Roof 93 m (305 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 28
Design and construction
Architect 5plus Architects / Jon Matthews Architects
Developer Property Alliance Group
Main contractor Russell Construction
Other information
Number of units 172 Residential Units

AXIS (also known as the Axis Tower) is a tower in Manchester city centre, Manchester, England. The tower has had two iterations, one as a stalled construction project which was cancelled due to the Great Recession in 2008, and the other as residential which was announced in 2014. When completed, Axis Tower became the seventh tallest building in Manchester until the completion of the Deansgate Square and Angel Gardens projects, the latter currently under construction.


Based on Albion Street, AXIS was originally conceived as an office development. Designed in 2007 by architect HKR, and first developed by the Property Alliance Group, it was notable for the inclusion of a 51-metre-high (167 ft) LCD video wall, which in 2008 - the time of its construction - was believed to be the largest in the world.

Located close to Manchester Central, the 18 storey building was to be 70.90 metres tall, and was originally intended to create 6968 square metres (75,003 sq ft) of Grade A office space. This was made possible by a design that enabled the building's upper floors to overhang the site. The main contractor for the project was Russell Construction and the building's design features unitised curtain walling from Wicona Projects.

The construction of the building's foundations and the complexity of the site presented a civil engineering challenge. The site is subject to restricted covenants and party wall awards on all four sides, and it is located immediately beside the Bridgewater Canal.

In 2009, with the piling work completed, development was put on hold in response to the global economic downturn. As a consequence, the plan to establish Axis Tower as a landmark commercial site was never realised.


In 2012, a new developer took control of the project. The company devised a new scheme to transform the building into a residential building, and in the same year, obtained the planning permission necessary to do this. The re-design project was awarded to 5plus Architects, which was established in October 2010 after the closure of HKR. The scheme's objective was to create a 22-storey residential building comprising 136 private apartments.

The project manager is Evolve 2 Consult, and the structural engineer is Capita Symonds. Arup Group has been appointed as fire engineer, and Compass Energy Consulting Engineers Ltd (Ce2) as the building services consultants. Russell Construction remains as the main contractor for the project.

As of spring 2013, with the foundations complete, the site was ready for building work to start.

In May 2014, Atlas Blue Property released a document to Chinese investors signalling a changed design for the tower, drawn up by 5plus Architects. Axis Tower's use is to remain residential, but the new design will be 28 storeys tall with clad sides. Construction began in January 2017.

Construction progress

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