Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Eyesore' Tower Blocks Could Be Transformed ; Plan to Convert Three Derelict Buildings Nearly 200 New Homes Could Be Created

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Eyesore' Tower Blocks Could Be Transformed ; Plan to Convert Three Derelict Buildings Nearly 200 New Homes Could Be Created

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PLANS have been unveiled to transform the Manchester skyline by renovating three 12-storey tower blocks that have stood derelict for nearly two decades.

Nearly 200 new homes will be created if proposals to renovate a trio of high-rise buildings off Butler Street, Ancoats, are given the go-ahead by town hall planners.

The former social housing blocks were built in the 1950s but were closed by council chiefs in 1994 after falling into disrepair.

The proposals have been drawn up by Altrincham-based architects Pozzoni LLP on behalf of Stockport developers Rowlinson Constructions Ltd and Wilmslow-based Housing Capital Trust.

If approved, the towers would be refurbished internally and externally to create 192 new one and two-bedroom apartments.

Ward councillor Jim Battle said revamping the 'eyesore' towers would breathe new life into the surrounding area.

He said: "We welcome a planning application to bring the three tower blocks - Rodney, Saltford and Chippenham courts - back into use. …

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