The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Sunday, 25 August

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.”

 

Wales

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

Share



Related Articles

Manchester United - HE, Giggs & Neville Set for Compromise

Historic England has responded to a revised proposals for the Giggs and Neville tower scheme at St Michael’s in the centre of Manchester. In February Historic...

 Read Full Article
Half the World Away from More Footie Towers

A development funded by multi-millionaire ex-footballers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, including two massive office/hotel/domestic towers, would harm Manchester...

 Read Full Article
Ballymore Light Up Embassy Number One

Ballymore has submitted a planning application for a 13-storey office building which will provide 217,000sq.ft of flexible, contemporary space at Embassy Gardens, Nine...

 Read Full Article
Why Was The Tulip From Foster Damned?

Sadiq Khan has damned Foster+ Partners' The Tulip project to the rejection pile after sanctioning yet another expansion at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and...

 Read Full Article
58% Of Schools Across Greater Manchester Contain Asbestos

A Freedom of Information Request has revealed that schools across the UK are riddled with asbestos with no plans to remove it. The request was made by JMW Solicitors....

 Read Full Article
Brighton Rocks - New Homes & Major Business Space Planned

What is being described as a 'once in a generation development’ has received the go-ahead. The New Monks Farm development in Lancing and a development at...

 Read Full Article
BT Hangs Up On Property Connections

BT is to get rid of at least 270 offices around the UK by 2023 and consolidate down to just 30. The first eight locations nominated in the telecom giant's...

 Read Full Article
Great British Spring Clean & National High Street Perfect Day

Councils across England will receive a share of £9.75 million to back their efforts to spruce up high streets - and every local authority in England is guaranteed...

 Read Full Article
Hitting The Roof Over Mobile Networks

Mobile network company and part of BT Group EE announced that nine 5G trial sites are now live across East London - but the process also called for the strengthening of...

 Read Full Article
Massive Manchester Blaze Threatened Adjoining Properties

A massive fire overnight at commercial premises in Ardwick in Manchester has seen four fire engines out of the original twelve still at the scene along with an aerial...

 Read Full Article