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Architects reveal plans for Granada Studio overhaul

A slew of practices has tabled designs for the redevelopment of Manchester’s famous Granada Studios site in the heart of the city

A public consultation held at the Quay Street site displayed concept designs by EPR Architects, Conran & Partners, BDP, Gensler, Child Graddon Lewis, Sheppard Robson, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, John McAslan + Partners, Ian Simpson Architects, Bennetts Associates and Broadway Malyan.

Last September developer Allied London signed a £26.5 million deal with Manchester City Council and the studio’s owner ITV for the rights to the 13.5 acre site, which was the home of ITV Granada from 1956 until last year, should planning permission be granted.

The deal stands for five years and if realised Allied London has pledged to work with the council to transform the site into a ‘modern village’ called the St John’s Quarter with up to 3,500 homes to be built over a 15-year period.

Allied London, which is also behind Manchester’s Spinningfields development, is not working directly with any of the practices but says it is looking to appoint a lead architect in the next 18 months.

The consultation is open to the public from 3 - 7pm today and 10am - 3pm on tomorrow.

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