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Revised plans unveiled for Giggs and Neville Manchester development

Revised plans unveiled for Giggs and Neville Manchester development

Former footballers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have unveiled the new plans for their multi-million pound redevelopment of part of central Manchester.

The pair have been working on a design for a complex in the Jackson's Row area of the city for some time, but had come up against opposition from conservationists based on their previous proposals in conjunction with architect Make.

Now, they have launched a public consultation on their new design after bringing in Hodder + Partners to assist them with managing the project.

The new-look proposals will retain the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub and see one skyscraper built instead of the original vision for two. The tower will also be two metres lower and significantly slimmer, meaning it is no longer visible from St Peter's Square.

More glazing has been added and a lighter exterior created, while it has been agreed that the former Bootle Street police station frontage is also to be retained.

The development will still include a five-star hotel, apartments, offices and a synagogue, with a grand staircase linking the main hotel with residences and a rooftop garden.

Historic England was among the original critics of Giggs and Neville's design, but spokesperson Catherine Dewar said she is much happier with what has now been proposed.

"We strongly believe that this extraordinary area of Manchester deserves a thoughtful scheme which responds to its surroundings, contributes to the neighbouring streets and welcomes people in. The new proposals are much closer to achieving this," she commented.

In a statement, Mr Neville said: "We have kept faith with our central vision of creating a true 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 world-class outdoor spaces."

The plans can be viewed by the general public from today and if planning approval is granted, work could start as early as spring 2018.

Neville and Giggs, both members of the infamous and hugely successful Manchester United Class of 92, have made significant inroads into the world of property since their respective retirements from their playing careers.

In 2015, they opened Hotel Football opposite Old Trafford and also own a number of branches of Cafe Football.

 

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