Property Alliance Group and joint venture partner Starwood Capital have submitted an application for the office element of the three-part, £200m redevelopment of the Manchester site.
The vacant Premier House office building is to be partly demolished and revamped to provide 40,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, under plans lodged by Deansgate SOF Alliance LeaseCo.
The existing brutalist building is to be stripped back and refurbished, so it is “to all intents and purposes a new building”, according to a design and access statement by Jon Matthews Architects.
In addition, the office scheme will feature:
- An improved entrance on the corner of Deansgate and Blackfriars Street
- New retail/leisure floorspace at ground floor level creating a new active frontage
- Refreshed facades across all elevations to modernise and enliven the appearance of the building
Avison Young is the planning consultant for the project.
Rob Peill, head of offices and industrial at Property Alliance Group, said: “Our proposal will transform an outdated office building into market-leading Grade A space, complemented by retail and leisure units on the ground floor.
“Submitting our plans for Premier House marks the second step in our masterplan to regenerate the Renaissance site with a £200m investment.”
Other elements of the project include a 216-bedroom hotel, and a residential tower featuring around 290 apartments to the north of the site fronting Deansgate and Victoria Bridge Street.
An application for the hotel element has been submitted to Manchester City Council and a consultation on the residential scheme is to launch in the coming days.
In May, it was announced that SH Hotels & Resorts is to operate the 216-bedroom hotel under its Treehouse brand.
Work to make the existing hotel building watertight and to demolish some structures on the site is underway.
Subject to planning approval, the project could complete by 2023.
PAG and Starwood bought the 1970s Manchester hotel site in January from previous owner Urban & Civic following the closure of the four-star Renaissance hotel in July 2020.
However, even before the hotel’s closure, the site has long been the subject of developer interest and has been earmarked for redevelopment since 1999. Latterly, Urban & Civic appointed Glenn Howells Architects to design a masterplan encompassing the hotel and nearby area, which was approved by the council in 2018.
The masterplan outlined the potential for three towers ranging in height from 11 to 45 storeys, containing a 250-bed five-star hotel, 600 apartments, a conference centre, retail and public space.