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Axis Tower

"Russell WBHO employs a ‘one-team’ collaborative approach, bringing together in-house expertise, sub-contractors, suppliers, partner professionals, our clients and their representatives to deliver consistently successful projects."


At just 761 sq m, the wedge shaped site sits directly on the bank of the Rochdale Canal in city centre Manchester with major arterial roads running along two sides, the Metrolink tram system along a third, a heavy rail line within 200 yards, the wall of an existing building abutting one boundary, and access to a major international convention centre to the rear.

Engineering solutions were devised to allow for the extension of the internal area with raking columns which transfer load down to the foundations and cruciform joints at the ‘prow’ end, cantilevering the structure from the second floor by 3m in each direction, increasing footplates from 300sqm to 500sqm on each floor and further increasing the commercial potential of the building.

Considerable pre-planning, meticulous site management and an excellent collaborative relationship between contractor, designer, engineer, other subcontractors, and the client, allowed for the completion of the project four months early, on budget and to specified quality.

  • Project Status: Completed
  • Location: Albion Street Manchester
  • Client: Axis Manchester LLP
  • Architect: Jon Matthews Architects

The Challenge

Construction of a 29-storey tower comprising 169 apartments on a tight 3,200 sq ft wedge on the bank of the Rochdale Canal, Deansgate Locks, Manchester

Axis Tower

The Axis development consists of a lower ground plus 27 storey building accommodating 169 residential apartments and 1 penthouse. A mixture of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments delivered with associated communal and landlord areas.

Logistical challenge of the project as its located on the towpath of the Rochdale Canal, and in close vicinity to major road and tram networks.

View time lapse film of the construction of this epic tower here…


  • Best High Volume New Housing Development in the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) North West Building Excellence Awards 2020
  • Innovation of the Year at the North West Constructing Excellence awards 2020

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