PLANNING | St John’s tower and Hallé extension set for consent

The tallest building in Allied London’s redevelopment at St John’s, and a new rehearsal space for the Hallé orchestra in Ancoats, are recommended for approval at Manchester’s next planning committee.

St John’s Place

St John's Place would be one of the tallest buildings in Manchester at 57 storeys


At the site of the Globe & Simpson building and Albert Shed warehouse, Allied London is proposing a four-building cluster reaching up to 52 storeys.

The plans for a mix of apartments, hotels and retail units form part of the approved masterplan for the 13-acre former Granada Studios site on the edge of Manchester city centre.

St John’s Place will vary in height from 52 storeys, to 18, eight and four floors. Overall, the four buildings will feature 387 apartments, 313 hotel rooms, and 14 apartments.

Nadler Hotel will operate from the lower storeys of the tallest building, taking the first 18 floors in the 52-storey tower.

SimpsonHaugh & Partners is the architect, Deloitte is the planner.

Hallé St Peter’s

Halle St Peters extension


Architect Stephenson Studio was appointed earlier this year by the Hallé orchestra, to design a modern extension to the Hallé St Peter’s rehearsal space in Ancoats.

The conversion of the former church completed in 2013 and, subject to planning approval, there will be a second phase of work to increase the range of events that can place at the site, both for the Hallé Concerts Society and the local community.

The Hallé has entered into an agreement for a 999-year lease of the land required for the extension with owner, the Homes & Communities Agency, from whom the church is also rented, both at peppercorn rents.

Manchester City Council’s planning committee will meet on Thursday 20 October.

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This building looks like Centre point in London,but suits that site.

By Elephant

Usual rubbish from SH&P, a mini Beetham with no character and a weird thing on the top – a toddler could do better

By CitySpotter

Towers are all in the detail and their setting, non of which is shown from this image , and we apologise for the poor detail in this image, we will be releasing further images soon, the detail is in the elevation dwgs and it will be a very good piece of appropriate architecture , we will ensure that.. a lot of inspiration and care has gone into the setting and design of this building, the toddler just drew the image ! we will release the adult ones very shortly.

By michael ingall

At least there’s no scaffolding on the top.

By Barny

I think it looks fine in that image, sleek.

By Prudence

I love these images where there is absolutely no traffic! Are they proposing to close the road off? 387 apartments and an 18 storey hotel……I agree…..let’s have the adult drawings with the 24/7 traffic congestion included!

By A person!

24/7 traffic congestion? Are you having a laugh?! Its not that busy in this end of Manchester.

Design sucks a bit though.

The St Peter’s thing looks nice.

By franz

^ What? ^

Quay Street is gridlocked down there everyday!

By T

Its not.

By Dan

Truly ugly!

By Mancpie

I do hope the windows in the new St John’s Place tower will be properly fixed in, unlike
the Beetham Tower who’s windows are said to be at risk of falling out! Since 2013 metal clips have had to be put in place to keep them from falling off,
it’s a nightmare for the residents and owners and the insurance premiums will go sky high! A few years ago the whole side street had to be closed off by the council because of fear of falling windows and the poor Hilton Hotel now has a big unslightly grey box structure in the front in case anything falls off! I really do hope Simpson and the Allied team make sure the windows and build quality of this new tower are better. I feel sorry for those who bought in Beetham Tower as they have this awful problem that can never truly be resolved. Looking forward to seeing the new St Johns Place being built to a higher standard.

By Manchester Resident