Former Manchester United footballer Gary Neville has unveiled the first computer-generated images of a £200 million redevelopment of the Jackson Row neighborhood in Manchester. Neville says the project, if given approval later this year, will result in the creation of 300 construction jobs.
St Michael’s development partnership, which includes Neville’s former Manchester United teammate, Ryan Giggs, unveiled images of the two-tower scheme this morning at a press conference at the city’s town hall.
Neville claims that the 1.8 acre site off Deansgate will be transformed into “something very special” by MAKE Architects.
A five-star hotel with 200 rooms, 153 apartments, offices, and a synagogue are all part of the plan.
St. Michael’s will have three public spaces designed by Landscape Architects Planit-IE, thanks to funding from Singapore-based Rowsley and Beijing Construction Engineering Group.
In the Lower Square, also known as St. Michael’s Square, the new development will be connected to Albert Square by an outdoor eating and drinking area and public art installations.
A retractable roof will cover the upper square, which will be known as The Garden, and serve as a year-round entertainment venue. Alfresco dining options will be available in the public area, which measures 11,000 square feet.
There will be a 15-meter-high escalator connecting St. Michael’s Square to The Garden, complete with outdoor seating and food vendors.
The development is expected to create up to 300 jobs during construction and an additional 1,000 jobs once it is completed. The Reform Synagogue will get a brand new home as a result of the construction.
As part of the St. Michael’s Partnership, a group of international investors led by Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, and Brendan Flood has teamed up with Singapore’s Rowsley Ltd., Beijing Construction and Engineering Group International (BCEGI), and Jackson’s Row Developments Limited. Developer and planning consultant Zerum Consult.
“Our vision is to deliver the biggest statement in architecture and development that Manchester has seen in modern times,” said Gary Neville, director of Jackson’s Row Developments Limited.
“We want St. Michael’s to be a year-round destination for city residents and visitors alike. St Michael’s Square, The Steps, and The Garden, three stunning new public spaces, will reconnect Albert Square, St Peter’s Square, Deansgate, and Spinningfields in a crucial but underutilized part of the city.
We have designed two slender, elegant towers that sit very much as a pair using the same sleek black aluminum cladding, yet with differing heights and arched crowns,” MAKE founder Ken Shuttleworth said in a statement.
“As you move around the city, their appearance will change. A dynamic addition to the skyline will help to position the scheme in Manchester both physically and in the marketplace”
“Our priority as an investor and contractor is to show ongoing commitment to this thriving city and our involvement in St Michael’s is a testament to this,” said Mr Lau, BCEGI’s lead director.
After months of planning and anticipation, we are pleased to finally reveal our plan to everyone. We look forward to the next step in this process.”
The plans will be presented to the public in September, and construction is expected to begin in the spring of next year.