New St Michael's
Approval for the project was given in March 2018 and activated earlier this year. Credit: via planning documents

Neville and KKR increase office space at £200m St Michael’s 

Dan Whelan

The much-anticipated Manchester mixed-use development will no longer feature a boutique hotel, as the joint venture opts instead to include 30,000 sq ft of additional workspace. 

The 29-bedroom boutique hotel was originally proposed to occupy the former police headquarters on Southmill Street. 

However, the challenges in delivering this element of the £200m St Michael’s project post-pandemic have prompted the developers, US investor KKR and Gary Neville’s Relentless, to change tack. 

A planning statement by consultant Zerum said: “The delivery of the boutique hotel presented greater challenges, whilst at the same time the office market in Manchester remains strong. It is therefore proposed to remove the boutique hotel element from the development and extend the office use into the former police station building.” 

Following the addition of 30,000 sq ft of workspace, St Michael’s now boasts 191,000 sq ft of offices in total, the majority of which is new-build space.

Further changes to the Jacksons Row project include a decrease in the number of car parking spaces from 103 to 54, and a 3,800 sq ft reduction in the amount of leisure space. 

St Michaels Square Image Jun18

CGI of the square that will front the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub. Credit: via RDPR

The rest of the project remains largely the same and comprises a 41-storey tower designed by Hodder + Partners. 

The tower contains 191 five-star hotel rooms and 181 apartments.  A 28,000 sq ft synagogue also forms part of the plans.

The main office building and the refurbishment of the police headquarters will be delivered following the demolition of the Sir Ralph Abercrombie pub kitchen. 

The construction of the tower and synagogue will come forward in phase three. 

Laing O’Rourke had been tipped to build the project but Bowmer + Kirkland is now understood to be lead contractor, according to planning documents. 

Substantial public space will also be created through the creation of Abercrombie Square and a 20,000 sq ft roof terrace in the heart of the city.  

The project was previously being brought forward by the St Michael’s Partnership, comprising Jackson’s Row Developments, Manchester City Council and Singaporean funder Rowsley.  

A joint venture between US investor KKR and Gary Neville’s Relentless is now delivering the scheme. 

KKR’s investment was made through its $2.2bn second dedicated European real estate fund, KKR Real Estate Partners Europe II.

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Will they ever lay a brick for this project?

By Elephant

Thank goodness its never going to happen.

By Nimble Nimbly

When are they actually going to do it as opposed to just talk about it?

By Harpsicord

Just build it for Christs sake

By Bob

I’m sure this is just all chat, they may as well just sell the land to someone like Renaker who will actually build.

By Big Dub

Great now get on with it. If you start now you can have it finished by the time the Town hall and Albert square completes and Manchester will have the best civic quarter in the country.

By Wimbly nimbly

Yawn! No one cares. Just get it built

By Steve

I don’t mind the design, but i would rather they build it elsewhere because it overpowers the area.

By MrP

I always thought that this project is too elegant not to build.The cgi’s of the tower at night looks magnificent. The subtle touches come from an architects practice in NYC btw. Yep just build it.Currently M’cr only has 1 five star hotel (the Lowry)so I guess there is plenty of demand and the location of this is damn near perfect.It will really leave its mark on the city’s skyline.In my opinion it will replace Beetham Tower as the quintessential Manchester image.

By Robert Fuller

Yes the whole design looks wonderful now but please start it while I’m still here.

By Anonymous