Last edited 25 Aug 2017

St Michaels Tower, Manchester

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In August 2017, the St. Michael’s Partnership, led by former-footballer Gary Neville, submitted revised plans and opened a public consultation for the proposed £200 million St. Michael’s development in Manchester.

Their plans for the 1.5-acre Jackson’s Row site in the city centre involve a 134 m-tall tower designed by Hodder + Partners. The tower will be mixed-use, containing offices, 170 flats and a 200-bedroom hotel.

The revised plan comes in the wake of their earlier proposal, which would have involved two towers, but was scrapped after Make pulled out of the project. The proposal was heavily criticised by heritage groups who argued that the two towers threatened to ruin historic parts of Manchester as well as the skyline.

The latest proposals include:

  • Retaining the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub in recognition of its community importance.
  • Retaining the façade of the former Bootle Street police station which ‘contributes positively to its surroundings’.
  • The tower being 2 m lower than the previous scheme.
  • The tower being reorientated through 90-degrees, making it more slender and ‘less obtrusive’.
  • The commitment to build a new synagogue, with the support of its congregation.

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The new St. Michael’s tower is designed in a lozenge shape with a floating canopy at its crown, supported by a three-storey colonnade to residential space below. The new designs illustrate the extensive glazing and light bronze façade which, it is claimed, ‘bring a lighter, more transparent approach than the original tower design’.

Neville is hoping work will begin in Spring 2018, and it is due to take three years. Construction will be carried out by Chinese contractor Beijing Construction Engineering Group.

On behalf of St Michael’s Partnership, Neville said:

“This scheme has attracted national interest as well as passionate views in the Manchester community. We promised to present the tower and rooftop designs to seek responses before we submit the final plan for consent, and so we’re delighted to reveal them now.

“We were encouraged by the generally positive response to July’s consultation and by calls from certain quarters to be bold in our ambition and create something remarkable on the city’s skyline.

“We have kept faith with our central vision of creating a true world-class, mixed-use destination with a signature development of the highest quality including residential living, Grade A offices, a five-star hotel, exciting retail and leisure units and unique outdoor spaces.

“The confidence of investors and occupiers has been retained throughout this process and, subject to planning approval, we will be on site by spring/early summer 2018.”

Final plans are to be submitted for planning consent in September 2017.

Content and images courtesy of St. Michael’s Partnership.

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