Former Manchester United footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have revealed the first images of their planned £200m mixed-use development in the centre of Manchester.
The 700,000 sq ft St Michael's project consists of two new skyscrapers and includes a five-star hotel, apartments, office space, three public spaces and a new synagogue, and is intended to transform the city's largely disused Jackson Row area.
The 200-bed hotel will reside in the 31-storey Number One St Michael's building, along with 153 one, two and three-bed apartments.
Other plans include two new sky bars/restaurants and the addition of eating and drinking establishments in the public spaces.
Earlier this year, Michelin-starred chef Michael O'Hare was appointed creative director of GG Hospitality, the operating company behind Hotel Football, which was founded by Neville and Giggs. His role is to focus on the St Michael's hotel project and Neville and Giggs' other project under development, a 35-bedroom boutique hotel in Manchester's former Stock Exchange building.
The St Michael's scheme is being planned by St Michael's Partnership, a consortium including Jackson's Row Developments, which was formed by Neville, Giggs and businessman Brendan Flood; Singapore's Rowsley Ltd, and Beijing Construction and Engineering Group International.
Rowsley's managing director, real estate, Ho Kiam Kheong, said: "The focus for the St Michael's development is to provide world class accommodation and a high quality public realm for those working, living and visiting Manchester."
A public consultation exhibition will take place at the beginning of September.
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