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Plans submitted for Granada Studios redevelopment schemes

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Three detailed planning permissions within the masterplan area for the former Granada Studios in Manchester have been submitted – with a fourth set to follow within weeks

The schemes all form part of the SimpsonHaugh and Partners-designed masterplan for the 370,000m2 site which includes3,000 new homes, 46,000m² of workspace, 37,000m² of leisure space, two hotels and two cultural buildings. 

Levitt Bernstein’s design to convert the main 1950s studio building into a 200-bedroom hotel and performance space is among the three applications received by Manchester City Council in recent weeks.

The hotel, to be known as the Manchester Grande, will see the building’s interior striped back to expose the original architecture and its façade will be preserved, restored and re-instated as per the original design by architect Ralph Tubbs.

In addition, Buckley Gray Yeoman has submitted proposals for its proposed conversion of an 1860s bonded warehouse on the site into flexible work and retail space.

Architect Claire Lewis-Smith of Buckley Gray Yeoman, said: ‘The concept is one of gentle regeneration to breathe life back into an iconic building and open it up to the public. We had four consultations and people strongly supported the retention of the building.’

The warehouse is not listed but has non-designated heritage asset status.

The third scheme that has landed on the desk of council planning officers is a revised scheme by Child Graddon Lewis Architects for a new ‘urban village’ on two sites within the masterplan area.

The application has reduced the number of homes in original plans revealed in March from 1,500 to 1,300 and increased the amount of parking on the site.

Greg Jones, associate director at the practice told AJ: ‘Funding granted by central government to a new theatre next to the bonded warehouse means that more cars will be arriving on the site.

‘We have incorporated more parking in the plans.’

The residential element will consist of two towers each containing three spurs of between 24 and 50 storeys, with communal spaces for residents every third stories at the centre of each tower.

The plans also provide for a nursery school, health centre, restaurants and other leisure facilities.

A fourth application by SimpsonHaugh and Partners for the first phase of another urban village will be submitted within weeks, according to a spokesman.


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