Consultancy Ethical Partnership has submitted plans for the redevelopment of 43-47 Piccadilly Gardens in central Manchester, proposing a part-nine and part-ten storey building on behalf of Trafalgar Leisure.
The site is the corner plot at the foot of Lever Street, next to Wetherspoons. There is currently a newsagent at the front of the 47 building, while the 43-45 plot is vacant – the only such plot fronting Piccadilly Gardens.
Both plots stretch to Back Piccadilly and sit within the Stevenson Square Conservation Area. Outline consent was granted in 2006 for a scheme designed by Hodder Associates for previous owner KMJ.
The scheme has been designed by architect Stuart Palmer of Harrow-based Trafalgar. The front part of the three-storey 47 building will be retained as part of the scheme, with new build to the rear, replacing the disused warehouse currently in situ. At ten storeys, this will be the taller part of the building, opening onto a roof terrace over the building at the 43-45 plot.
Trafalgar’s proposal is for retail and leisure at basement, ground and first floors and offices on the upper storeys in what will amount to a 50,000 sq ft building, with the upper floors cantilevering out over Piccadilly and Lever Street.
The listing of 47 Piccadilly in 1994 also led the previous site owner to include it in plans. Trafalgar’s planning statement notes that while respect will be paid to the building’s status, “it makes a very limited aesthetic contribution, for in its altered state the aesthetic value of both the exterior and interior is significantly compromised. It is also incongruous in the streetscape of Piccadilly, since the buildings that surround it are of much greater scale and presence”.