Commercial Estates Group is to hold a public consultation event on 26 July as it seeks to bring forward plans to develop its retail and office asset at 20-36 High Street in Manchester’s retail core.
In leaflets distributed to local residents and businesses, CEG said it is “currently considering options for a dynamic new development” that will deliver retail, leisure and employment space at the site, which it described as “dilapidated, constrained and reaching the end of its economic life”.
CEG described the present buildings as under-occupied, unappealing and not meeting with modern environmental standards. The developer said that part of its plans are to create a new atrium at ground floor that will house independent shops, cafes, bars and stalls and create a new connection from High Street through to Birchin Lane. No further details are available at this stage.
The buildings currently on the site total around 70,000 sq ft. The main frontage is onto High Street, across from the Arndale shopping centre, with a retail mix including Betfred and Johnson’s. The Church Street elevation is set back behind single-storey market units operated by Manchester Markets.
Subjected to a £300,000 upgrade and expansion in 2009, several of the Church Street Market’s tenants have become firm favourites in the Northern Quarter’s dining scene.
The consultation will be held in the building between 3pm through to 8pm. The scheme’s website will be launched on the same day.