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St Michael's Mount - Huge Manchester Skyscraper Gets The Nod

St Michael's Mount Manchester skyscraper

The massive £200 million St Michael's tower in the heart of Manchester's financial district has finally received full planning permission.

The scheme has been held-up over design wrangles - particularly with Historic England who wanted to preserve a Coronation Street type pub and ensure the listed Manchester Town Hall was not overshadowed.

The project will consist of two 'stepped' towers. One will rise 39 storeys; the other 9 storeys. both occupy prime space in Deansgate and will form part of the Jackson Row regeneration.

Manchester will benefit from 148,000sq.ft of offices and 33,000sq.ft of rooftop bar and terrace in the 9 storey block. Manchester is growing at a rate that has placed great demand on office space.

The 39 storey tower will house a two level penthouse at its summit with an open or covered terrace at each end. It will also include 189 flats and a 216 room hotel.

There are a range of investors - but the  developers are former Manchester United legends turned property developers, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.


Secretary of State

The landmark development got its final nod after the Secretary of State confirmed that the application will not be called in.

Gary Neville said: “We are over the moon that the Secretary of State has decided to not call in our revised plans for St Michael’s and that the vision for this landmark mixed-use scheme will be realised.

“It’s been more than a decade since the idea to regenerate a strategic city centre location was first considered – and our whole team is very pleased that we can focus on delivering this project for Manchester, bringing new high quality development that will enhance the city’s position both nationally and internationally.”


Economic impact

An economic impact study for the scheme estimated that St Michael’s will create close to 1,500 jobs – with a further 270 employed throughout the construction phase. It will contribute more than £80 million in gross value added to the local economy and £147m in government tax revenues over ten years.

A public square will also feature, in front of the refurbished Sir Ralph Abercromby pub and a new synagogue will be built nearby.


Manchester City

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Investment in Manchester is crucial to support our on-going regeneration and St Michael’s is a case in point for the type of development that our city centre needs. The Jackson’s Row area has been underwhelming and underused for too long and we welcome the decision by the Secretary of State to move this important project in to the next phase.”



Ryan Giggs, (now Head Coach of Wales) said: “My focus over the past few months has very much been on Wales. However, I’ve continued to stay involved with Gary and the team on St Michael’s. I genuinely believe that St Michael’s is a truly brilliant scheme and will add to the quality of buildings currently on offer and improve the most central part of Manchester – a city that I love."


Make mistake

The Hodder+Partners designed project replaces architect Make’s previous twin tower plan, which was dropped in the face of complaints that it would destroy historic buildings at the site.

Picture: The new design for the St Michael's Mount Manchester skyscraper has passed the planning approval stage.


Article written by Brian Shillibeer


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