Footballers-turned-hoteliers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have revealed plans to transform an ‘under-utilised’ part of Manchester into a 700,000 sq ft mixed-use scheme, including the creation of a new 200-bed, five-star hotel.
The Jackson’s Row area will be redeveloped under a St Michael’s partnership and includes the 31-story ‘Number One St Michael’s’, which will be home to the hotel residences and the 21-storey office tower, ‘Number Two St Michael’s’.
The St. Michael’s Partnership is an international consortium comprising Singapore’s Rowsley Ltd, Beijing Construction and Engineering Group International (BCEGI) and Jackson’s Row Developments Limited, formed by Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Brendan Flood.
The new venture has appointed Make Architects to design the scheme, which will consist of the 200-bed hotel, 153 one, two and three-bed apartments, 135,000 sq ft of Grade A office space and 30,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, including two new sky bars/restaurants.
St. Michael’s will also feature three new public spaces, designed by Landscape Architects Planit-IE.
The Lower Square, which will be known as ‘St. Michael’s Square,’ will be populated with kiosks and alfresco eating and drinking space.
The Upper Square, which will be known as ‘The Garden,’ will offer 11,000 sq ft of public space with room for alfresco restaurants.
Gary Neville, director of Jackson’s Row Developments Limited, said: “Our vision is to deliver the biggest statement in architecture and development that Manchester has seen in modern times.
“Our wish is for St. Michael’s to become the premier destination in the city that people come to enjoy all year round. Through the provision of three stunning new public spaces, St. Michael’s Square, The Steps and The Garden, we’re committed to bringing back to life such a key, underused area of the city, which connects Albert Square and St. Peter’s Square through to Deansgate and onto Spinningfields.”
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This development represents another significant vote of confidence in Manchester and underlines the city’s continuing momentum for growth. It is particularly welcome at a time when, nationally, there is an uncertain climate.”