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Glenn Howells frontrunner for major Manchester Deansgate project

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Glenn Howells Architects is understood to have scooped the competition to redevelop the Renaissance hotel site in Manchester’s Deansgate

According to sources, the AJ100 practice saw off SimpsonHaugh and Partners and Eric Parry Architects to land the high-profile job, although the firm has refused to confirm its appointment.

The AJ reported earlier this year that developer Urban & Civic, which snapped up the city-centre site in December 2014, had gone to three architects for ideas following an ‘international design competition’.

The exact details of Urban & Civic’s plans for the 0.8ha site remain unclear, although earlier reports suggested the developer was looking to build around 600 flats and a new hotel as part of a £225 million scheme.

As well as the 1972 Marriot Renaissance Manchester – a 15-storey, 203-bedroom hotel designed by Crickshank and Seward – the plot also includes 2,480m² of offices and nearly 400 car parking spaces.

The existing hotel sits opposite SimpsonHaugh’s £25 million No1 Deansgate residential tower building (2002), which occupies a site damaged by the IRA bombing in 1996.

Urban & Civic has been asked to comment.

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