Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make has unveiled the first images of a twin tower scheme in Manchester backed by former footballers – now developers – Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs
The 65,000m² St Michael project will include a 200-bed five-star hotel, 153 homes, 12,540m² of office space and 3,000m² of shopping and restaurant/bars. The towers, described by Shuttleworth as unlike the rest of the city’s flat-roofed skyscrapers, will be 21 and 31 storeys high.
At the core of the proposals are three new public spaces designed with landscape architect Planit-IE: an entrance square, a 15m-high ‘Spanish steps’ stairway, and an upper-level covered outdoor garden.
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The St Michael’s partnership was formed by Jacksons Row Developments, which is owned by Neville, Giggs and entrepreneur Brendan Flood, together with Singapore developer Rowsley and contractor Beijing Construction and Engineering Group International (BCEGI).
Neville, who also worked with Make on plans for his own home near Bolton, said: ‘Our vision is to deliver the biggest statement in architecture and development that Manchester has seen in modern times.’
The former Manchester United footballer has been working with Make for almost a decade on the city-centre proposals, close to Manchester town hall, which have grown in scale significantly as more sites have been acquired. Neville confirmed that all the existing buildings on the 0.7ha site between Jackson’s Row, Bootle Street and Southmill Street would be demolished.
The scheme will create a new home for the Reform Synagogue, which is currently on the site, and the team has also committed to rehousing the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub,
BCEGI lead director Lau Yew Cheong added: ‘Our priority as an investor and contractor is to show continued commitment to this thriving city and our involvement in St Michael’s is a testament to this.’
A planning application is decision on the scheme is expected before Christmas.
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