Epic Manchester redevelopment proposal submitted after 10-year planning slog from former footballers


An official application to regenerate St Michael’s in Manchester has been submitted to the local council, following a 10-year planning slog headed up by footballers-turned-hoteliers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.

Following two public consultations with local residents, businesses and city stakeholders, plans for St. Michael’s have now been finalised and submitted to Manchester City Council.

The final submitted plans comprise a 201-bed five-star hotel, 159 apartments, 138,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space and 49,000 sq. ft. of retail and leisure space, including two new sky bars and restaurants.

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St. Michael’s will also feature three striking public spaces within a strategically located site, adjacent to Manchester’s Town Hall.

Neville and Giggs first revealed their plans in July last year, heading up the St. Michael’s Partnership, an international consortium comprising Singapore’s Rowsley Ltd, Beijing Construction and Engineering Group International (BCEGI) and Jackson’s Row Developments Limited, formed by Neville, Giggs and Brendan Flood.

The consortium has worked on the site for more than 10 years, with Neville saying they are ‘extremely excited to finally reach this milestone’.

Situated in the Jackson’s Row area, St. Michael’s is surrounded by a number of key regeneration areas such as the Civic Quarter, Spinningfields and St. Johns.

The 700,000 sq ft project is designed by internationally renowned Make Architects and will become a landmark scheme for the city of Manchester, generating 500 jobs during construction.


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