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New attempt to stop Neville and Giggs' Manchester towers


Conservationists have applied for heritage protection for a religious building in Manchester city centre earmarked for demolition under plans by football stars-turned-developers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs

The Twentieth Century Society has submitted an urgent application to Historic England to list the 1950s-built Manchester Reform Synagogue in Jackson’s Row, close to Manchester’s celebrated Town Hall.

It is one of three buildings of historical interest that would be torn down to make way for the St Michael’s scheme, drawn up Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make.

The current plans feature a 31-storey tower and a 21-storey block containing hotel, apartment and office facilities and a major new public space. The proposals also include a new home for the synagogue.

However, Twentieth Century Society adviser Tess Pinto said the ‘shocking’ plans showed ‘no consideration to Manchester’s special sense of place’.

Reform Synagogue in Jackson's Row

Reform Synagogue in Jackson’s Row

Source: Manchester History

Reform Synagogue in Jackson’s Row

As well as the demolition of the synagogue, the proposed scheme on Jackson’s Row would see the demolition of the 1930s Bootle Street Police Station and a Victorian pub.

The site would border a conservation area containing the listed Public Library, Town Hall and Town Hall Extension buildings.

‘The plans will not only sweep away two fine 20th Century buildings, but will have a devastating impact on the neighbouring conservation area,’ said Pinto.

The synagogue, designed by architects and worshippers Levy and Cummings, was the first post-war building constructed in Manchester after the Second World War.

Make declined to comment on the move by The Twentieth Century Society. Representatives of Neville and Giggs have been approached for comment.

Former England and Manchester United right-back Neville told the AJ last month that he felt the responsibility to build something special on the Jackson’s Row site.

A full application is expected to be submitted imminently.


Readers' comments (3)

  • I can't speak for the historic and cultural value of the synagogue, but in terms of aesthetics - and going only by this single image - it looks pretty dismal, or maybe I have no taste and my value judgements are all wrong. I wonder what the police station and pub look like.

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  • The synagogue is a bit of a lump. The pub is no picture but has very interesting historical connections and helps ground the site in context to it's past. The police station is mostly grim but the main elevation on Southmill Street forms one of the best street views in Manchester . I personally like tall buildings and think Manchester needs more of them but not here in this context and not by destroying two (3 if you include the synagogue) important or interesting buildings. The 'public' space is truly dire..

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  • It's ALL Manchester now, isn't it...? Nowhere else gets a look in. I suppose that's what they mean by a "Powerhouse."

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