St Michaels New Facade January 2017
Image released in First iteration of St Michael's by Make Architects

Revised St Michael’s plans revealed next week

The reworked plans for the scheme in Jackson’s Row, Manchester city centre, will go on public display next week in a consultation event at Manchester Central Library.

The event will run from 11am to 7pm on Wednesday 12 July.

The St Michael’s Partnership said that the plans will soon be submitted as part of the current planning application, adding that “members of the public are welcome to attend the event to view the plans, discuss the proposals with key members of the project team and provide their feedback”.

A freephone line has been set up for feedback on 0800 032 5725, along with an email address:

Next week will provide the first opportunity to see how the partnership’s plans have been altered since the “temporary pause” announced by Gary Neville at MIPIM in March.

This followed significant opposition to the plans submitted in January for two towers of 31 and 21 storeys, including 138,000 sq ft of offices, a 201-bedroom hotel, 159 apartments, 49,000 sq ft of retail and leisure and three areas of public realm.

In April, it was announced that architect Hodder + Partners had been brought in to consult on the plans, news that was followed in June by the departure from the project of lead architect Make. Hodder subsequently stepped in to lead.

The St Michael’s Partnership was formed by ex-footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, along with developer Brendan Flood. In August 2015 it was joined by Singapore investor Rowsley and Beijing Construction Engineering Group, which is also due to be the scheme’s contractor. Zerum is development manager.

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This I can’t wait to see! I’ll be shocked if there’s much difference. Probably just a few storeys lower

By David

Probably still too tall for the site, but considerably easier on the eye would be my bet.

By Gene Walker

My guess is the facade of Bootle street police station and the pub will remain.The rest will be the same.

By Elephant

I have no objection to the height but they should be slimmer, less like tombstones and light grey or white. If they were slimmer they could go higher and have three towers of different heights like a medieval cluster – it’s not going to happen!

By Tony Heyes

No problem with the height, it’s the width that makes them look so out of place.

By Mansquito