The St Michael’s Partnership has today opened the second public consultation this summer on its revised plans for the 1.5-acre Jackson’s Row site in Manchester city centre.
The scheme is made up of 147,000 sq ft of office space, 32,000 sq ft leisure space, 170 residential apartments over 19 storeys and a 200-bedroom 5* hotel over 12 storeys.
Connectivity between the different elements is a key feature of the scheme, with every office level enjoying outdoor space connecting to the hotels.
The original scheme was paused by the partnership and the first consultation of the revised scheme in July received positive feedback for the partnership’s listening approach. At the July consultation, more than 400 people visited the exhibition, and 84% of people who responded provided some form of positive feedback, with around 10% opposed.
The latest part of revised proposals put forward in July included retaining the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub in recognition of its emotional importance to the community, and retaining the former Bootle Street Police Station frontage. which contributes positively to its surroundings and enables street level uses including a large courtyard
Historic England’s advice stated: “The new masterplan with its commitment to mixed use development and active street frontages is a more positive urban design response, outward looking and engaging with the street. It is therefore welcomed as a positive response.” It said that “major steps have been taken to address the concerns regarding the impact of tall development on heritage assets of the highest significance.”
On behalf of St Michael’s Partnership, Gary Neville says: “This scheme has attracted national interest as well as passionate views in the Manchester community. We promised to present the tower and rooftop designs to seek responses before we submit the final plan for consent, and so we’re delighted to reveal them now.
“We were encouraged by the generally positive response to July’s consultation and by calls from certain quarters to be bold in our ambition and create something remarkable on the city’s skyline.
“We have kept faith with our central vision of creating a true world-class, mixed-use destination with a signature development of the highest quality including residential living, Grade A offices, a five-star hotel, exciting retail and leisure units and unique outdoor spaces.
“The confidence of investors and occupiers has been retained throughout this process and, subject to planning approval, we will be on site by spring/early summer 2018.”
The economic impact study for the scheme estimates that St. Michael’s will contribute £80.7m in Gross Value Added to the local economy and £147m in government tax revenues over ten years. As well as protecting jobs on site, St Michael’s will create nearly 1,500 jobs - around 1,100 associated with the proposed offices, 200 with the hotel and 180 with the retail/leisure units. A further 270 will be employed during the construction phase.
Final plans are to be submitted for planning consent in September.