Simpson Haugh’s Clippers Quay would be tallest building in area

Manchester firm Simpson Haugh Architects has submitted proposals for a 34-storey tower on the waterfront in Salford that would be the regeneration area’s tallest development.

Created for Forshaw Land & Property Group, the Clippers Quay scheme would replace a low-rise 1980s office development across the water from Media City UK, built by the then Bovis Lend Lease, Michael Wilford & Partners’ the Lowry, also built by Bovis Lend Lease, and Daniel Libeskind’s Imperial War Museum North built by Sir Robert McAlpine.

Simpson Haugh said the structure would be taller than Salford Quays’ current tallest building, the Blue Tower, and also taller than a 94m office block designed by Sheppard Robson which won consent in 2016 but is not yet under construction.

The Simpson Haugh block – earmarked for a 0.17ha triangular site – would deliver 216 new homes plus ground-floor commercial space and a roof terrace.

Simpson Haugh, which has been carrying out work on the Battersea power station redevelopment in London, is behind Manchester’s tallest tower – the 169m tall Beetham Tower completed by Carillion back in 2006. This will be eclipsed by the 201m South Tower in the city’s Deansgate area which is currently being built by Renaker.


Simpson Haugh's Clipper Quay tower, seen from Salford Quays

Simpson Haugh’s Clippers Quay tower, seen from Salford Quays