The first computer-generated images of a £200 million redevelopment of the Jackson Row area of Manchester have been unveiled by former footballer Gary Neville, who says around 300 construction jobs will be created if the scheme is granted planning permission later this year.
The partnership behind the new St Michael’s development – which includes Neville’s former Manchester United teammate Ryan Giggs – revealed visuals for the two-tower scheme at a press conference at the city’s town hall this morning.
Designed by Ken Shuttleworth’s MAKE Architects, Neville says the development on the 1.8 acre site off Deansgate will deliver “something very special”.
It will include a 200-bed five-star hotel, 153 apartments, offices and a new synagogue.
Funded by Singaporean-based Rowsley and Beijing Construction Engineering Group, St Michael’s will also feature three public spaces, designed by Landscape Architects Planit-IE.
The Lower Square or St Michael’s Square will link the development to Albert Square and include alfresco eating and drinking space.
The upper square, to be known as The Garden, will be the venue for all-year-round entertainment and include a retractable roof. The 11,000 sq ft of public space will also include alfresco restaurants.
Linking St Michael’s Square to The Garden will be The Steps, a 15-metre high architectural staircase, which will also feature cascading outdoor seating and food outlets.
It is estimated that during construction the development will create up to 300 jobs with a further 1,000 jobs once the development is complete. The development will also provide the Reform Synagogue with a brand new facility.
The St Michael’s Partnership is an international consortium comprising Singapore’s Rowsley Ltd, Beijing Construction and Engineering Group International (BCEGI) and Jackson’s Row Developments Limited, formed by Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Brendan Flood. Zerum Consult is development manager and planning consultant.
Gary Neville, director of Jackson’s Row Developments Limited, said: “Our vision is to deliver the biggest statement in architecture and development that Manchester has seen in modern times.
“Our wish is for St Michael’s to become the premier destination in the city that people come to enjoy all year round. Through the provision of three stunning new public spaces, St Michael’s Square, The Steps and The Garden, we’re committed to bringing back to life such a key, underused area of the city, which connects Albert Square and St Peter’s Square through to Deansgate and onto Spinningfields.”
Ken Shuttleworth, founder of MAKE said: “We have designed two slender, elegant towers for the site, which sit very much as a pair using the same sleek black aluminium cladding, yet with differing heights and arched crowns.
“Their appearance will change as you move around the city. Together they provide a dynamic addition to the skyline that will position the scheme in Manchester both physically and within the marketplace.”
Mr Lau, lead director, BCEGI added: “Our priority as an investor and contractor is to show continued commitment to this thriving city and our involvement in St Michael’s is a testament to this.
“We’re delighted to be able to reveal the scheme for the first time to the public and look forward to the next stage in this process.”
A public consultation on the plans will take place in September with construction work likely to start in spring next year.