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Levitt Bernstein to convert Tubbs' Granada Studios

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Levitt Bernstein has been appointed to convert Manchester’s 1950s Granada Studios into a hotel

The building, originally designed by Ralph Tubbs of Festival of Britain fame, will be turned into a 200-bedroom hotel as part of the wider redevelopment plans for the 55,000m² site.

The project sits within Ian Simpson Architects’ recently unveiled masterplan for the former broadcasting site (see AJ 13.08.14).

According to Levitt Bernstein the television studios and production spaces will become a series of performance venues hosting live entertainment open free of charge to guests at the hotel, to be known as The Manchester Grande.

The building’s interior will be stripped back to expose the original architecture and its façade will be preserved, restored and re-instated as per the original Tubbs design.

A new secondary façade will be constructed to create a ‘double skin’ forming an internal winter garden to each of the bedroom suites located behind.

Gary Tidmarsh, chairman at Levitt Bernstein said: ‘Granada Studios, in its day, was the most famous television studio after the BBC Television Centre. The creation of St Johns, with the exciting concept for the Manchester Grande at its heart will preserve the studios as a key part of Manchester`s heritage and cultural destination.’

Planned to start on site in 2015, the redevelopment – dubbed St John’s quarter – will also feature around 3,000 new homes, 46,000m² of workspace, 37,000m² of leisure space, another hotel and two cultural buildings. 

The revamp will see the world-famous Coronation Street set demolished but the historic Bonded Warehouse, which also sits on the riverside site, will be retained.

The 12,000m² warehouse is set to be converted into an office space with ground floor retail space as part of designs by BuckleyGrayYeoman.

Developer Allied London paid £26.5 million for the site which had been the headquarters of ITV Granada from 1956 until last year.

A planning application for Levitt Bernstein’s conversion of the studios is due to be submitted by the end of the year.


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