Former Manchester United footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs are among a consortium of developers who have lodged the planning application for a 201-bedroom luxury hotel in the city.
The hotel will be located at the heart of the St Michael's development (pictured), which will also comprise 159 apartments, two sky bars and restaurants, and extensive office, retail and leisure space.
Two towers, clad in anodised bronze, of 21 and 31 storeys, will form the heart of the scheme in the Jackson's Row area, with three landscaped public spaces to be known as St Michael's Square, the Garden and the Steps.
The application has been submitted by the St Michael's Partnership, an international consortium between Jackson's Row Developments (formed by Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Brendan Flood), Singapore-based group Rowsley, Beijing Construction and Engineering Group International, and development manager Zerum Consult. Ken Shuttleworth of Make Architects will oversee the design of the development.
Gary Neville, director of Jackson's Row Developments, said: "Having worked on this site for over 10 years, it is extremely exciting to finally reach this milestone and submit the planning application for St Michael's. The scheme will transform an underused part of the city and will offer an incredible statement in architecture and development for Manchester.
"Ken Shuttleworth has a rich history in pushing boundaries and helping cities expand and evolve through architecture."
The hotel will mark 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.