Bootle Street future on agenda
The strategic regeneration framework for a £150m mixed-use development at Manchester’s Bootle Street is set to be endorsed by the city council, despite the future of existing buildings on the site remaining unclear.
The proposed 1.8-acre development between Jackson’s Row, Bootle Street and Southmill Street, known as St Michael’s, is being brought forward by a development company owned by ex-footballers Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, developer Brendan Flood and Manchester City Council.
Last month St Michael’s announced a £150m consortium deal with Singaporean-based Rowsley and Beijing Construction Engineering Group to fund the project.
The strategic regeneration framework outlines development principles for the site, with the project set to include:
- A five-star international hotel, with associated dining, leisure and small scale conference facilities
- Residential apartments with roof gardens
- Offices with views across the new public squares towards the Town Hall
- Retail, leisure and bar/restaurant uses
- A new facility for the Manchester Reform Synagogue
- Public squares
The plot is made up of a former police station, the United Reform Synagogue, the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub and a parcel of open land.
The Bootle Street police station was bought by the council earlier this year, but negotiations are still ongoing with the owners of the other properties.
The potential demolition of the historic buildings on the site has been met with criticism from some residents.
The report ahead of the council’s executive meeting on Wednesday 9 September, stresses the regeneration framework “does not determine the future of the existing buildings on site, including the Sir Ralph Abercromby Public House. Any decision on these buildings will be made in the light of a full assessment of the approach adopted by a future development proposal, in the context of the relevant planning policies and Historic England guidance.”
When asked by Place North West for details on the demolition plan, a spokesman for St Michael’s Development said: “We are currently in ongoing dialogue with the existing landowners and it is undecided as yet what the outcome will be.”
A public consultation exercise will begin in the coming weeks if the framework is endorsed.
Make is the architect on the scheme, while Zerum is development advisor.