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Levitt Bernstein reveals images of Granada Studios revamp

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AJ100 practice Levitt Bernstein has unveiled images of its proposed conversion of the Granada TV studios in Manchester into a 210-bedroom hotel

The building, formerly home to the Manchester-based TV company, was designed by Ralph Tubbs of Festival of Britain fame in 1962, and sits within a new mixed-use development in the St Johns neighbourhood backed by developer Allied London.

The practice, which has been working on proposals for the 55,000m² site since 2014, has designed a ‘floating glowing box’ structure, raised by stilts on top of the Tubbs building, to house a restaurant.

Levitt Bernstein chairman Gary Tidmarsh said: ‘It’s a privilege to be able to work on and bring this landmark building back to life, which will add to Manchester’s already vibrant cultural scene and consolidate our association with the city.’

The design caters for the retention of a number of TV studios to provide flexible event space.

A new adjacent building will provide 22 new homes, workspace and retail units.

The homes, a mixture of duplex and penthouse apartments, will all have winter gardens or balconies as well as access to a private rooftop swimming pool and sun terrace.

Commercial space in this building is accompanied by modular units to the rear of the site, which offer further workspace for small, start-up companies.

Allied London chief executive Mike Ingall said: ‘We enjoy working with Levitt Bernstein as they have a creativity that both informs and matched our vision, ‎which helps deliver what are often complex reuse projects.’

The project is set to be submitted for planning imminently and due to start on site later this year, the practice said.



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