St Michaels Approved Tower
Hodder's design, announced in July

Royal Exchange to host next St Michael’s consultation

Wednesday 23 August will see the St Michael’s Partnership present the Manchester public with a further opportunity to see and comment on further revisions to its proposals for Jackson’s Row in the city centre.

The first consultation since Hodder + Partners replaced Make as lead architect was held in July and garnered a more positive response than the initial, two-tower scheme, which was opposed by Historic England and saw thousands sign a petition calling for the plans to be scrapped.

With a single tower of 31 storeys, rotated through 90 degrees to reduce visual impact from key locations, plus the preservation of Bootle Street Police Station and the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub, 84% of attendees who completed feedback forms approved of the designs, with 10% opposed.

The second consultation will offer further detail on the facades and treatments of the commercial, residential and hotel elements of the scheme, and will also reveal “the intention around the design and animation of the outdoor spaces”.

The final plans are expected to be submitted in a planning application to Manchester City Council in the autumn.

Gary Neville, spokesman for the St Michael’s Partnership, said: “We were extremely encouraged by the positive response following our last consultation held in July.

“We’re more committed than ever to ensuring that St. Michael’s will become a world-class development recognised for its quality in design and highest quality of service, and we look forward to presenting our plans later this month.”

The exhibition will be held in the Grand Hall at the Royal Exchange, between 11am and 7pm.

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84% “approved of the designs” is incorrect. The developers’ press release says “Around 84 per cent of people provided some form of positive feedback for the strategic regeneration scheme.” That’s rather different. And…in context:

4550+ sign petition – TOO TALL for this location
1400 formally object to planning application
400 people visit a one-day exhibition showing some changes, inc keeping the pub and small part of the ex-police station
182 of those complete a comment form
145 of those tick boxes saying they either support OR support ‘with reservations’.

That’s not a mandate for a 38 storey tower so close to the historic core, looming over Albert Square.

The change of direction, to keep the pub and a slice of Bootle Street, was welcomed, but NOT the plans overall – they’re still too big and bulky for this location.

By Lesley

The sketch shown is inaccurate; it will never look like this. The towers on the Owens St Carpark, Great Jackson St, which are already under construction are not shown. They will completely fill the view.

By Xyzrabbit