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Child Graddon Lewis reveals Granada Studios tower plans

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Child Graddon Lewis has revealed plans for a pair of towers forming part of the Granada Studios development in Manchester

The high-rise proposals feature 1,500 flats, a nursery school, health centre, restaurants and other leisure facilities.

In a statement the practice said: ‘The concept is to create a community that can flourish both economically and sustainably, and contains all the features of living within a urban village in one structure, namely places to live, shop, work, play and eat as well as ‘green’ amenity space that can even incorporate facilities for the growing of food.’

The proposed ‘vertical village’ sits within Allied London’s wider plans, masterplanned by SimpsonHaugh and Partners, to overhaul the former Granada Studios site.

The developer, which is also the driving force behind Manchester’s £1.5 billion Spinningfields regeneration, paid £26.5 million for the site which had been the headquarters of ITV Granada from 1956 until last year.

Planned to start on site in 2015, the redevelopment – dubbed St John’s quarter – will also feature 46,000m² of workspace, 37,000m² of leisure space, two hotels and two cultural buildings.

The first phases are a Levitt Bernstein-designed hotel and event space on the site of the former Granada HQ and the conversion of the Bonded Warehouse into flexible workspace by Buckley Gray Yeoman.

The scheme is set to complete in 2022.

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