Neville sets the record straight on St Michael’s development after rumours emerge that plan has been canned

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Gary Neville has dispelled rumours that plans for his 700,000 sq ft development, St. Michael’s in Manchester, which includes a new hotel proposal, have been ‘pulled’.

Following his talk at international property exhibition, MIPIM, the former footballer said that proposals for the development will be refined, to ensure the final design is ‘perfect’ for Manchester. This will result in a short-term planning delay while designs are amended, but not a full withdrawal of the initial submission, which received widespread opposition when it was first published.

Neville outlined how the currently underused and dilapidated space in the city centre will be transformed into a new 700,000 sq. ft. space, comprising a five-star hotel, apartments and office and leisure space.

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Gary Neville, director of Jackson’s Row Developments Limited, said: “Manchester deserves a world class development, like St. Michael’s. We believe that in a city that aspires to be global, the best of old and best of new can live together, however we are going to make further refinements – it has to be perfect for Manchester.”

He added: “Aside from creating 1,500 jobs, St Michael’s will contribute a total GVA in excess £80m.”

Plans for the development have been submitted to Manchester City Council by the applicant’s Planning Consultant, Zerum Consult, following an extensive public consultation period.

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 hotel will be the third from former footballer Neville and Giggs, who made their debut onto the hotel scene in February 2015 with the launch of Hotel football, the world’s first football-themed property, situated opposite Old Trafford in Manchester.

Work is also underway on the pair’s second project, the transformation of the city’s former Stock Exchange building into a 35-bedroom hotel.

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