The Manchester public is to have the opportunity to comment on another key city centre scheme, with Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group inviting feedback on proposals for Great Northern.
The sessions will be held on the ground floor of the Great Northern Warehouse on 10 August and 24 August, between 3pm and 8pm on both days.
Consultation on a strategic regeneration framework was “withdrawn for further review” last April, after indicative drawings showing an 85,000 sq ft office building attracted protests including a petition created by Lesley Chalmers, former English Cities Fund chief executive and a resident of the Great Northern Tower.
The SRF for the area was approved by Manchester City Council in February, clearing the way for the £300m residential, commercial and leisure quarter to advance.
A professional team including SimpsonHaugh working on the listed warehouse, Johnson Naylor on interiors and landscape architect PlanitIE was announced in March. Will Alsop’s ALL Design remains as overall masterplanner.
The materials issued promoting the consultation refer to “the transformation of the Great Northern Square as an urban oasis” and “the re-use repair and sensitive adaptation of the listed Great Northern Warehouse and Deansgate Terraces to celebrate its charm and history”.
Chalmers, who has more recently been a vocal opponent of the St Michael’s plans in nearby Jackson’s Row, said:
“These designs are a result of last year’s campaign to save the space from redevelopment for offices. They’ve been drawn up with genuine involvement of people who use and care about the square, as part of a much improved consultation and involvement approach by the developers.
“Great Northern Square is an important resource for many people: workers, residents and visitors to the city alike, and I hope as many as possible will be able to visit and comment on the exhibited designs before they’re finalised for planning submission.”