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Three shortlisted for major Manchester Deansgate project

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SimpsonHaugh & Partners, Glenn Howells Architects and Eric Parry Architects are understood to have been shortlisted in the contest to redevelop the Renaissance hotel site in Manchester’s Deansgate

The AJ has learned that developer Urban & Civic, which snapped up the city centre site in December 2014, chose the trio after an ‘international design competition’.

The exact details of Urban & Civic’s plans for the 0.8ha site remain unclear, although earlier reports suggested the developer was looking to build around 600 flats and a new hotel as part of a £225 million scheme.

As well as the 1972 Marriot Renaissance Manchester – a 15-storey, 203-bedroom hotel designed by Crickshank and Seward – the plot also includes 2,480m² of offices and nearly 400 car parking spaces.

The existing hotel sits opposite SimpsonHaugh’s £25 million No1 Deansgate residential tower building (2002) which occupies a site damaged by the IRA bombing in 1996.

Urban & Civic refused to comment on the shortlist.

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