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The Shudehill office scheme was designed by Jon Matthews Architects

Ask and Salboy schemes secure consent

Dan Whelan

Ask Real Estate’s 22-storey Staycity hotel, and Salboy’s 17-storey Shudehill office are the last schemes to be approved by Manchester City Council’s three-person emergency panel, as the authority announced it would pivot to full virtual planning committees at the end of July. 

The latest Staycity hotel to come to Manchester, containing 300 rooms, would be built on a 0.6-acre plot between The Deansgate pub and Castlefield Viaduct, close to Beetham Tower. 

The site is occupied by a single-storey retail unit, which would be demolished. 

The hotel would be Staycity’s fourth in Manchester city centre, as the company aims to grow its UK offering from 3,000 to 15,000 hotels by 2022. 

SimpsonHaugh is the architect for the project, Deloitte is planning consultant and Planit-IE is landscape architect. Civic Engineers is also on the project team. 

Deansgate Staycity

The Deansgate site would be Staycity’s fourth in Manchester

In Shudehill, Salboy was given approval for a long-running project which will see the construction of a 45,000 sq ft office on Back Turner Street. 

In early 2018, Salboy was denied planning permission for a 13-storey aparthotel to be operated by Zoku, the decision coming after several deferrals. 

Over the course of 2018, different versions of a residential scheme were worked up by architect Jon Matthews, with a favourite picked by public consultation.  

The part-16, part-17 storey proposal, totalling 65 apartments, was ultimately granted planning permission last summer before Salboy opted to swap to offices earlier this year. 

The offices will be targeted at creative and digital tenants. 

The design remains broadly the same externally. Jon Matthews is the architect and Euan Kellie Property Solutions is the planner. 

Council chief executive Joanne Roney, alongside chair of the planning committee Cllr Basil Curley and deputy chair Cllr Nasrin Ali, have been deciding the outcomes of major planning applications throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, with the advice of head of planning Julie Roscoe. 

Other councils in the region, including Liverpool and Cheshire West & Chester, implemented virtual meetings with full planning committees to make decisions, and Manchester has been criticised by some commentators for not following suit. 

Manchester City Council Delegated Powers Joanne Roney Nasrin Ali And Basil Curley March 2020

Chief executive Joanne Roney (left) with Cllrs Nasrin Ali and Basil Curley, make up the three-person panel

Cllr Angeliki Stogia, Manchester City Council’s executive member for environment, transport and planning, welcomed the return of full committee to “allow the full democratic process to take place”. 

Stogia added: “The use of the emergency powers was a temporary measure to ensure the planning process could continue during the Covid-19 outbreak to determine a small number of planning applications, in line with Government guidance.” 

Joanne Roney, Manchester City Council’s chief executive, said: “Throughout lockdown we have been working to reconvene a full planning committee, albeit virtual at this time, and reinstall the usual decision-making process with oversight from members and I’m pleased to say this will happen in July.” 

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Really pleased that the Shudehill building (it would be useful if it had a name) has been given green light. Surely its possible to incorporate some greenery. Some beautiful buildings going up in that area, pity that the great tiled lump (Arndale center) remains. I think that much of it should be parcelled off. The fish market should be independent for a start

By Robert Fuller

Horrible – why oh why does Manchester need this. It’s ghastly

By Rebecca Brooke

Love both schemes…especially the Deansgate one…start of many towers due to appear next to the Beetham Tower.

By Steve

@Rebecca Brooke, I was hoping for a bit more elaboration with your comment. What is the part you don’t feel we “need”. Is it offices that we don’t need? Are you saying that we have a glut of grade A officespace in MCR? My understanding is that (outside of Covid) there was a shortage of grade A office space in MCR, so much so, that prices of grade B are being pushed up, decreasing affordable office space for the city centre. Or is it high-rises you don’t feel we need? If so, how do you think we can increase office space in the central city if we can’t go up? Would this be increasing the geographic size of the city centre and decreasing the density levels. We experimented with lowering density levels in MCR and this caused enormous problems we are still suffering with today. I think it’s the opposite to what you are saying. Instead of not “needing” buildings like this, I think we actually need a lot more. We need to increase our office density in MCR and encourage businesses to move to the city centre. This brings people back into the centre, both for work and living, increasing the liveliness of downtown, helping our retail survive the onslaught of online shopping and keeping our restaurants, cinemas, theatres, galleries, museums and pubs busy.


I’m amazed at the common sense and insightfulness being spoken by EOD! Couldn’t agree more. There’s far too many knee jerk opinions from people on here who know very little about economics, history, urban development or needs of the city.

By Mike

Bleak times ahead for the northern quarter if this doesn’t go ahead

By Mark

Fred Done won’t be content until the NQ is completely flattened and replaced with bland steel and glass. Unfortunately for the rest of us, MCC will be fully compliant in helping him achieve this horrific vision.

By Neil

Historic England in its report wrote: ‘The building (should) be read in relation to the Arndale Centre, Arndale Centre Car Park and the Shudehill Transport hub, as opposed to the smaller-scale character of the adjacent Northern Quarter. It is therefore concluded that the building will read as a modern building within a modern context, and will therefore not adversely impact on the way in which the previously identified heritage assets are experienced.’

As long as the main section of the NQ keeps its quainter character, I reckon this will be a decent renovation of a historic building and provide a nice glass contrast that will also reflect the taller buildings along High St and obviously Shude Hill Interchange.

By Anonymous