Ask Real Estate and Whitbread have revealed details of the next phase of development at Manchester’s First Street, set to deliver 600,000 sq ft of offices, and two towers of apartments.
Ask in a joint venture with Premier Inn owner Whitbread revealed last week that they were working up to two applications to submit to Manchester City Council.
One application concerns Plot 9, which previously gained planning consent for a 16-storey block. The earlier proposals have been overhauled to allow for a larger building, which is expected to become the second largest office in Manchester, with 30,000 sq ft floorplates across 10 storeys. As previously agreed with Whitbread, Premier Inn will relocate from Medlock Street to deliver a hotel in the upper three storeys. The design is very similar to the approved office, but shorter in height, on a larger footprint.
The Premier Inn move frees up the Medlock Street site, a key gateway plot into the city centre, allowing the current buildings to be demolished. This will make way for another office, of around 270,000 sq ft, and two towers targeted at the build-to-rent sector, reaching 32 and 22 storeys respectively.
Nearby, the council is set to invest £7m to revamp the Medlock Street roundabout, while public realm across the site will connect through to Downing’s River Street tower, currently under construction on a plot next door, and also through to the wider First Street scheme.
The submission of the planning applications is targeted for early autumn, with a view to being discussed at a December planning committee, and a start on site due for the office in spring 2020.
Both schemes are designed by Jon Matthews Architects. The landscape architect is Planit IE.
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