Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, who are heading the controversial St Michael’s development in Manchester, have revealed revised details for the scheme incorporating a luxury hotel.
Widespread opposition to the original plans, which featured two towers clad in anodised bronze, led to the decision in March by St Michael’s Partnership’ to revisit the details of the scheme.
The new plans will be centred by a single 134.5m tower, which will have greater transparency than the original design due to more glazing and a lighter colour exterior. It will feature a hotel, comprising around 200 bedrooms, alongside residential units, offices, restaurants and retail units.
Set to transform the 1.5 acre Jackson’s Row site in the city centre, the development will retain the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub and former Bootle Street Police station, which were previously under threat of demolition.
A new synagogue will be incorporated within the scheme and there will be a new public square outside the pub. If planning permission is granted, building work will in spring or summer 2018.
Speaking on behalf of St Michael’s Partnership, Neville said that the development will make “a significant contribution” to the growth of Manchester city centre and create 1,500 jobs.
“It was important that we got it right and while we believed in the original scheme we have taken the opportunity to reflect on how we deliver the best possible proposal which balances generating the maximum economic benefits for the city and job creation, and our architectural ambition, with heritage and conservation.
“We did not shy away from the passionate debate around the original proposals but instead embraced it in a positive spirit and addressed some of the issues raised head-on.”
Hodder + Partners has now taken over the design of the scheme from Make Architects, which drew up the original plans.
Stephen Hodder of Hodder + Partners said that the new design will make “a positive impact on the conservation area and support activity which currently does not exist in an under-used and often overlooked part of the city centre”.
Historic England, which opposed the previous scheme, welcomed the new plans which it said had taken major steps “to address the concerns regarding the impact of tall development on heritage assets of the highest significance” and added that they “have the potential to enhance the conservation area”.
The updated plans are available to review today in Rooms 2 and 3 of Manchester Central Library. They can also be found on the development’s website at www.st-michaels.com.
The hotel within the St Michael’s development is set to be the third in Manchester for Neville and Giggs, who opened the 133-bedroom Hotel Football opposite Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium in February 2015. Work is currently under way on the transformation of the city’s former Stock Exchange building on Norfolk Street into a 35-bedroom boutique hotel.
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