A final consultation event is being held tomorrow to give the public a last opportunity to comment on the £150m St Michael’s development proposed in Manchester city centre, before a planning application is submitted.
St Michael’s is being brought forward by a development company owned by former footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, developer Brendan Flood and Manchester City Council.
The 700,000 sq ft mixed-use project proposed at a prominent site on Bootle Street, off Albert Square, has been controversial since its inception, due to plans to demolish all buildings on site, including the historic Sir Ralph Abercromby pub.
Since Make Architects’ designs for towers reaching to 21 and 31 storeys were revealed in July, the development has been called inappropriately tall for a location so close to key civic buildings such as the Town Hall and Central Library. While the pre-consultation phase closed a number of weeks ago, the consortium faced pressure to allow for more time for the public to consider the proposals.
A model and images of the scheme will be available to view in Central Library in St Peter’s Square from 11.30am to 7pm on Wednesday 19 October. Members of the project team will also be available to discuss the project.
Plans for St Michael’s include a 200-bedroom, five-star hotel, 153 one, two and three-bed apartments and penthouses, 135,000 sq ft of office space and 30,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, including two new elevated bars/restaurants. The development will also feature three brand public spaces, designed by landscape architect Planit-IE.