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Triple victory for practices on Manchester's Granada Studio site

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A trio of schemes by Levitt Bernstein, BuckleyGrayYeoman and SimpsonHaugh and Partners for the former Granada Studios in Manchester have been given the thumbs up.

Last week Manchester City Council granted permission for the projects which form the first phase of the SimpsonHaugh-designed St John’s masterplan for the 370,000m2 site and which are being delivered by a partnership between developer Allied London and the council.

Levitt Bernstein’s was given the go ahead for a scheme to convert the main 1950s studio building into a 200-bedroom hotel and performance space.

The hotel, to be known as the Manchester Grande, will see the building’s interior striped back to expose the original architecture and its façade will be preserved, restored and re-instated as per the original design by architect Ralph Tubbs.

Granada TV Studios

A report prepared by council planners said this scheme would ‘complement and enhance the existing former Granada building as well as integrating with both the immediate surrounding context and the wider city context.’

In addition, Buckley Gray Yeoman got permission for its proposed conversion of an 1860s bonded warehouse on the site into flexible work and retail space.

The warehouse is not listed but has non-designated heritage asset status. Demolition of stables and a lean-to next to the building would have a minor adverse impact, according to the planners, but this, they said, would be ‘outweighed by the substantial beneficial impact of the scheme’.

The third scheme is a revised proposal by SimpsonHaugh for nine residential-led mixed use blocks ranging from four to nine storeys in height, which include retail at the ground floor, and workspace above, on the site of the former Coronation Street set.

Planners said of this scheme: ‘The design of the proposed buildings would have a distinct appearance and would read as a collection of components stacked within a varying grid structure.’


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