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Take two: Levitt Bernstein edits Granada Studios plan

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Levitt Bernstein has submitted revisions to its conversion of Manchester’s iconic Granada Studios for planning

In 2015 the practice gained permission for a mixed-use scheme involving new build and conversion of the studio building designed by Ralph Tubbs, built between 1954 and 1962.

A new iteration of the proposals has added residential space, office space for start-ups and a combined heat and power plant.

The design and access statement submitted with the application said: ‘The main driver in this revised proposal for the Granada Studios has been the ongoing design development of the St Johns Masterplan.

‘As a result, the relationship between the existing Granada complex and the surrounding proposed buildings has developed.’

The revised proposal sees the creation of a new 10-storey office, retail and residential building in the place of the previously consented office building.

This would provide 18 duplex units, four penthouses and a private swimming pool for residents.

The existing main studio building will contain a new 210-room hotel, to be operated by Mollies Motel and Diner – an offshoot of private members club Soho House, which will be rolled out across six cities.

Elsewhere in the building, former studio space will provide event space.

The roof of the hotel will provide terraces, bar areas and two heated outdoor swimming pools.

The planning statement said: ‘The intention is the proposed rooftop structure will be clearly read as a modern intervention.’

The Applicant, Manchester Quays Limited, is a joint venture between Manchester City Council and developer Allied London, formed to deliver regeneration within the St John’s area of Manchester city centre.

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