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SimpsonHaugh unveils plans for revamp of landmark Manchester warehouse

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SimpsonHaugh and Partners has revealed its proposals to transform the Grade II-listed Great Northern Warehouse in Manchester city centre

The scheme, which has an estimated value of nearly £300 million and is backed by Trilogy Property and Peterson Group, also includes a makeover of the city’s Great Northern Square and Deansgate Terraces.

The warehouse building, which currently houses restaurants, shops and leisure facilities, including a cinema, will become a residential, commercial and leisure quarter.

The first phase of the proposals will see the upper two storeys of the Great Northern Warehouse – at present used as a car park – converted to 100 apartments, with modern accretions such as the parking ramps stripped away to reveal its historic character.

Outside, the existing amphitheatre will be covered over by grass. Public space across the site is to be increased by over a quarter to 7,847m².

The developers acquired the site in 2013 and work on the initial masterplan was drawn up by Will Alsop’s practice, aLL Design. 

Interior architecture and design firm Johnson Naylor is working on the interiors, while Altrincham landscape architecture firm Planit IE is responsible for the reconfiguration of the square.

Robert Wolstenholme of Trilogy Real Estate said: ‘The Great Northern should represent the best of the North. It offers one of the most significant regeneration opportunities in Manchester city centre.

‘Our vision is to create a new urban quarter that reflects Manchester’s standing as a truly global city, celebrating our built heritage and fulfilling the site’s potential as a destination for the culture, business and everyday life of Manchester.’

Nick Owen, partner at SimpsonHaugh added: ‘The emerging design proposals are shaped by the key principles of respecting and celebrating the site’s heritage assets and transforming the existing public realm. By stripping back the obtrusive modern additions and sensitively repairing and enhancing the original fabric, we aim to reveal this great building for the public to enjoy.’

A public exhibition on the ground floor of the Great Northern Warehouse showcasing the proposals will run until 24 August ahead of the submission of a full planning application later in the year.

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Project data

Location Great Northern Square, Manchester
Type of project Mixed use
Client Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group
Masterplanner aLL Design
Architect SimpsonHaugh
Interior Architect Johnson Naylor
Landscape architect Planit-IE

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