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SimpsonHaugh’s Manchester warehouse scheme approved

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Manchester City Council has approved SimpsonHaugh’s transformation of the Great Northern Warehouse area

The council’s planning and highways committee granted consent for the scheme, which will feature more than 140 homes as well as retail space and public realm.

Manchester-based SimpsonHaugh was appointed to the development last year by Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group.

Its scheme will convert the Grade II*-listed former railway goods warehouse into 118 flats along with shops, bars, restaurants, a gym and a casino.

A further 24 apartments will be created at 223-255 Deansgate Terrace while Great Northern Square will be reconfigured.

Manchester City Council approved the strategic regeneration framework for the area in 2017, with Will Alsop’s aLL Design working on the overall masterplan.

SimpsonHaugh partner Nick Owen said: ‘We are very pleased that the proposals for this important site have been approved.

‘Our design approach was 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.’

Trilogy Real Estate founder Robert Wolstenholme said: ‘The Great Northern Warehouse and Square offer one of the most significant regeneration opportunities in Manchester city centre, and we are delighted that this first phase of our 10-year plan to revitalise the site has been approved by Manchester City Council.’

The Great Northern Warehouse scheme is at the other end of Deansgate from Glenn Howells Architects’ regeneration of the Renaissance hotel site, which also cleared a major planning hurdle this month.

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