Urban & Civic has confirmed the appointment of Glenn Howells Architects to work up plans for the site of the Renaissance Hotel at the north end of Deansgate in Manchester.
Glenn Howells is understood to have beaten rival bidders SimpsonHaugh and Eric Parry in a design competition that was launched late last year.
The architect will now draw up plans for the project, which Urban & Civic property director Philip Leech said would be “likely to include a new 5-star hotel, residential, retail and leisure”, as well as new public realm.
A planning application for the development is expected to be submitted next year.
The developer acquired the two-acre site in 2014, and Place North West first revealed Glenn Howells’ appointment to the project in August this year.
Glenn Howells, director at Glenn Howells Architects said: “Our vision for the site is a composition of new buildings taking reference from the surrounding heritage, whilst framing key views of the Cathedral and bringing new life to this part of the river.”
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, added: “The site brings excitement and challenge in equal measure, but the outcome will revitalise the area and be a tremendous boost to the medieval core of the city.
“We absolutely welcome the commitment of Urban & Civic to ensure the development goes ahead and believe in the huge potential of the site.”