A nine-block residential development and the refurbishment of the Bonded Warehouse at Allied London’s St John’s have been approved by Manchester City Council, despite a request from MOSI to defer the decision as the schemes “have not been considered thoroughly”.
The first phase of the Village at the former ITV Granada site will include 66,700 sq ft of apartments, 80,000 sq ft of workspace, and 36,500 sq ft of retail units across nine buildings. SimpsonHaugh & Partners is the architect. The construction of the apartments will see the demolition of the former Coronation Street set, which was approved against the wishes of campaigners who on Wednesday submitted an eleventh hour plea to the council to delay a decision.
The refurbishment of the Bonded Warehouse will deliver flexible workspaces, restaurants and leisure, designed by Buckley Gray Yeoman.
The nearby Museum of Science & Industry submitted a late representation to the council ahead of its planning committee meeting on Thursday 15 October, which said that the scale, height, proposal and proximity to the museum, and the building materials “had not been considered thoroughly within the proper context and a justification has not been provided”.
Allied London’s conversion of the Old Granada Studios headquarters into a 150-bedroom event hotel known as Manchester Grande, designed by Levitt Bernstein, was also approved.
The planning committee also signed off the redevelopment of 40 Fountain Street into an 86,000 sq ft office to be called 11 York Street by Aberdeen Asset Management, designed by AHR Architects; the construction of 191 apartments at Potato Wharf in Castlefield by Lend Lease; and 30 townhouses and apartments and 100 car parking spaces off Cutting Room Square in Ancoats, the third site to be brought forward by Manchester Life.
The committee’s decision on plans for a 35-storey tower made up of 330 apartments for private rent at 10-12 Whitworth Street West by Brigantes was deferred until the next meeting on the 19 November. The development was designed by 5plus Architects.