Manchester considers plans for city centre sites
Manchester City Council’s executive will gather for its final meeting of 2015 next week, to endorse development frameworks for Central Retail Park and Jackson’s Row, and discuss the acquisition of 17-acres of land from the Homes & Communities Agency at Grimshaw Lane in Middleton.
At Central Retail Park in Great Ancoats Street, the council will consider a draft framework which was deferred from an earlier executive meeting in October. Put together by TH Real Estate and Turley, in conjunction with the council, the document proposes a mixed-use regeneration scheme, which will deliver new homes alongside a consolidated and improved retail offer.
If approved, the framework will be put out to public consultation in December and January.
The framework proposes:
- A consolidated retail park in the North West of the site, comprising retained and refurbished units, new retail unit, and reconfigured parking and servicing arrangements
- A residential apartment development on the rest of the site, with complementary ground floor uses
- A dedicated pedestrian route through the site to improve connectivity between Great Ancoats Street and Cotton Field Park/New Islington Marina
- Enhanced public realm and landscaping
TH Real Estate was granted planning permission in 2013 for a £40m scheme which included a 90,000 sq ft supermarket, cinema and smaller retail units with undercroft parking. Work on the project never began.
The council is also set to formally endorse the strategic regeneration framework for a £150m mixed-use development at Manchester’s Bootle Street, after a period of public consultation over the autumn.
The 1.8-acre scheme 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. The scheme is funded by Singaporean-based Rowsley and Beijing Construction Engineering Group.
The project is 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 consultation raised questions from the public about the future of the Abercomby pub and whether it would be incorporated into the scheme. In a report to the executive, the council said that “the council and the developer take engagement with businesses currently located on the site very seriously, and the developer is making arrangements to meet with the respondent to discuss the scheme proposals as they are progressed.”
Make is the architect on the scheme, while Zerum is development advisor.
In the same meeting, the council has asked for endorsement of its plans to buy 17-acres of development land in and around Grimshaw Lane, known as Weir Pumps, from the Homes & Communities Agency.
The land is divided into four plots.
According to a report to the executive, the land will be “suitable for the clustering of commercial uses and large-scale employers predominantly industrial in character. These uses would complement the existing uses in the area which include Seamark, Kingfisher Foods, Fine Lady Bakeries, and Alloy Bodies.
“The City Council is pursuing a significant programme of development throughout key areas in the City. Control of the land at Grimshaw Lane will provide the City Council with additional resource to capture or relocate employment uses at the appropriate time.”
The sale price was not made public due to being ‘commercially sensitive’.
Manchester City council’s executive will meet on Wednesday 2 December.