Allied London details £1bn St John’s neighbourhood

Allied London is showcasing the details of its forthcoming planning application for the £1bn St John’s neighbourhood in Manchester at a consultation event to be held over the next two days.

The developer has also released a new aerial CGI of the 13-acre mixed-use scheme.

The consultation event for industry professionals, decision-makers and local residents is being held at Old Granada Studios from midday on Wednesday 24 June until Thursday 25 June.

Following this week’s events, Allied London intends to submit its detailed planning applications to Manchester City Council, with the aim of commencing creation of the new St John’s neighbourhood in mid-2016.

A masterplan for the development of the former ITV Granada site was approved by the council in October. The plan was developed by SimpsonHaugh & Partners for Manchester Quays Limited, a joint venture between Allied London and Manchester City Council. The joint venture purchased the 13-acre site in 2013.

Outline proposals include:

  • 2,500 – 3,000 residential units, with townhouses, penthouse apartments, live-work units and high-rise living
  • 500 of these brought forward on the core site as a private rented community
  • Up to 600,000 sq ft of workspace, mostly aimed at creative industries
  • 80,000 sq ft of this via refurbishment of the Bonded Warehouse
  • Up to 400,000 sq ft of leisure space, incorporating some of the existing entertainment and studio buildings
  • Two hotels, including the Grande hotel
  • Up to three arts and cultural buildings
  • Public realm through the site

Michael Ingall, chief executive of Allied London, said: “Our vision is to create a really engaging and exciting mixed-use neighbourhood for Manchester that brings together enterprise, innovation, culture, entertainment and leisure, in a unique living environment in the heart of the city.

“This new neighbourhood has been designed in a development partnership with Manchester City Council, and will become a major enterprise and cultural catalyst for the region’s economy and provide a vibrant creative village consisting of workspace, new homes, leisure, retail and green spaces.”

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