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Bronze is the new black: Make changes colour of Neville and Giggs’ Manchester towers

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Make’s contentious skyscraper scheme in Manchester for footballers-turned-developers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs has changed colour from black to bronze

The revised designs for the proposed St Michael’s development were revealed as the 31 and 21-storey towers close to Manchester Town Hall were finally submitted for planning.

The original proposals were revealed last summer (see AJ 28.07.16) and were expected to be lodged with Manchester City Council planners before Christmas.

However, project backer Jackson’s Row Developments – the banner used by Neville, Giggs and business partner Brendan Flood – held back from submitting to carry out two major public consultations with local residents, businesses and city stakeholders.

The hotel, apartment and office scheme has been in the headlines recently due to concerns over the futures of the 1950s-built Manchester Reform Synagogue in Jackson’s Row (pictured bottom) and the nearby neoclassical Bootle Street Police Station (1937).

Both are due to be torn down to make way for the new development and, last week, were named on The Twentieth Century Society’s top 10 list of buildings most at risk (see AJ 20.07.17).

The proposed demolition of the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub in the former St Peter’s Fields, the only building remaining from the time of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre, has also provoked local anger.

Meanwhile a petition against the scheme, claiming the ’huge dark towers’ are in ‘the wrong place’, has received nearly 3,000 signatures.

But Neville, the former Manchester United defender, said: ‘[Our scheme] has received significant coverage both locally and nationally. We have undertaken extensive public consultation and have taken on board comments wherever possible from Historic England, PlacesMatter! and the general public.

‘The imagery we have issued today is the final proposal and our hope is to be on site by the end of Summer 2017.’

He added: ‘Having worked on this site for over 10 years, it is extremely exciting to finally reach this milestone and submit the planning application for St. Michael’s.’

Original design, left: revised design, right

Explaining the change in colour of the towers, Make Architects principal Ken Shuttleworth said: ‘In response to the consultation process, the design of the building façade has evolved, including lightening the colour to a softer bronzed aluminium that will change the towers’ appearance in different lights and times of the day and responds to the material tones already in the conservation area.’

As well as a 201-bed, five-star hotel, 159 flats and office space, the proposals feature three new public spaces designed with landscape architect Planit-IE: an entrance square, a 15m-high ‘Spanish Steps-style’ stairway, and an upper-level covered outdoor garden.

Shuttleworth added: ‘We have also improved connectivity and accessibility between the lower and upper squares, which has created more active frontage onto St Michael’s Square.’

Reform Synagogue in Jackson's Row

Reform Synagogue in Jackson’s Row

Source: Manchester History

Reform Synagogue in Jackson’s Row

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