The regeneration plan for Great Northern Warehouse in Manchester has been withdrawn from public consultation, after a furore erupted last week over an indicative design from architect Will Alsop for an office included in development plans.
According to a statement from Cllr Joan Davies, Labour councillor for Manchester city centre, “the current consultation on a Strategic Regeneration Framework for Great Northern Warehouse has been withdrawn for further review. Manchester City Council officers identified a need for more detailed analysis.”
Davies also described development at the Peter Street side of Great Northern as “a no-no”.
Plans for an 85,000 sq ft office are outlined within the draft regeneration framework for the 11-acre Great Northern Warehouse site, produced last year by owner Tobermory Sarl, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Peterson Group.
Manchester City Council endorsed the framework for the site in December. The consultation on the plan was due to run until 6 May.
Tobermory said: “The strategic framework is purely a document to outline a broad masterplan intention across the site. We do not have any fixed designs for a building along Peter Street, albeit the local authority had asked us to provide indicative proposals for that site as the demolition of the historic buildings along the Peter Street frontage in the 1990s is now seen not to have been wholly successful.
“Our intention is to achieve what the local authority would ideally like for the front square and to increase the amount of public realm and permeability across the site as a whole, while acknowledging the current constraints of having long-term leaseholders on site like Bar 38. Understanding the views of the residents around the Great Northern is hugely important to our long term ambition to create a residential enclave that will celebrate the existing historic buildings and provide the right mix of retail and public spaces to create a thriving and prosperous community.”
A statement from Tobermory on Friday stressed that the image was a conceptual design created in 2014 as part of a design competition.
Alsop’s practice ALL Design is advising on the masterplan and is bringing forward detailed designs for specific elements within the plan.
An online petition was launched last week against the construction of an office on Great Northern Square, which local residents said would negatively impact and limit the public realm.
The petition, created by former English Cities Fund chief executive and resident of Great Northern Tower, Lesley Chalmers, has attracted almost 250 signatures.
According to the masterplan, the redevelopment of Great Northern could include 265,000 sq ft of retail, restaurant and leisure, 400,000 sq ft of apartments, and a 200,000 sq ft high-rise tower.
The statement from Davies said there was no timescale yet for a new framework consultation.