Giggs quits as Jacksons Row director 

Ex-Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs resigned from the board of the developer behind St Michael’s, a £200m mixed-use scheme in Manchester, it has emerged.

The former Wales International player and manager stood down as a director of Jacksons Row Developments in November, according to an update on Companies House published this week. 

Giggs is currently under investigation by Greater Manchester Police having been arrested on suspicion of assault and subsequently released on a bail later extended until 1 May this year. Giggs denies any wrongdoing.

Brendan Flood and Giggs’ former teammate Gary Neville remain as directors of Jacksons Row, which was founded in 2010. 

The firm is part of the St Michael’s Partnership, the consortium delivering the mixed-use scheme, which also includes Manchester City Council and Singaporean funder Rowsley, 

St Michael’s features a 41-storey tower designed by Hodder + Partners, comprising 191 hotel rooms and 181 apartments. 

The scheme, located on Jackson’s Row off Deansgate, also features around 160,000 sq ft of offices, which is to be the first element to be developed. 

Last week, Manchester City Council signed off on a construction management plan for the development, paving the way for a start on site. Laing O’Rourke is the lead contractor for the project. 

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I know the construction management plan has been signed off but when is this starting? Seems to be taking forever, its got planning, got a contractor and apparently has funding. Not sure what the hold up is.

By Bob

Yes, have to say starting date on this is taking an age…and in such a great location. When they finish Albert square and the Town hall in 2-3 years or so I’d like to think this would be close to finishing too!

By Nve

The revised plans look great…now get on with it!

By Bigchief

this will go on for another 20 years when they finally decide not to build it

By Michael

Will this ever start? Think they’ve missed the opportunity. The Council need to step in and take this off them.

By Mr Bored

I can hear the chants now!

By Bob Dawson

Great design but in the wrong location, it overpowers the town hall, Albert Square and central library. It would be a fitting addition to the clust of tall buildings on the south side of Deansgate.

By Anonymous

It looks great and the new design works well with the civic quarter without overpowering it. Now all we need is that first spade in the ground.

By Anonymous

Hopefully this drags on for another 20 years and they lose interest in this monstrosity.

By Neil

I’ve been waiting a long time to see St Michael’s get started. I think the revised plans are great, worthy of the prime location. I think when it is built it will take over the job of quintessential M’cr iconic building, that position is currently taken by Beetham Tower. I think that the 11 story podium which brings together a collection of buildings, some over 200 years old, it looks like an exciting space. Please crack on with it.

By Robert Fuller

The new construction will be detrimental to the Albert Square area. It is totally out of proportion with surrounding buildings. I can’t believe Manchester council approved this but they seem to have a blatant disregard for heritage.

By Ben

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