Plans to kick-start the creation of the ambitious St John’s neighbourhood, build a 35-storey tower and construct an eight-storey grade A office building in the heart of Manchester are set to receive the green light from councillors.
Manchester City Council is also expected to approve the introduction of 191 apartments in Castlefield and a nine-storey residential block in Ancoats backed by the owner of Manchester City FC.
The local authority’s planning committee is due to consider a host of high-profile schemes at its next meeting on Thursday (15 October 2015). These include three separate applications for the proposed new St John’s neighbourhood (pictured) between Spinningfields and Castlefield.
The first of this trio involves knocking down existing buildings at the Old Granada Studios site around Grape Street, including the former Coronation Street set, to enable the construction of nine mixed-use blocks with retail and office space on the lower floors and residential above as well as public realm.
The second would see the demolition of buildings on Grape Street as part of conversion plans for the Bonded Warehouse to create a mix of office, retail, restaurant, bar and market space.
The third envisages redeveloping former studios to create a new hotel with 150 bedrooms, events and performance space, restaurants and bars including a rooftop private members’ bar on the ninth floor, and an open-air swimming pool on the top floor.
Elsewhere, Manchester City Council will weigh up plans to demolish existing buildings at 10-12 Whitworth Street West andbuild a 35-storey private rented sector (PRS) tower with 327 apartments near the 47-storey Beetham Tower, the tallest building in Manchester.
And it will look at proposals to knock down the existing building at 40 Fountain Street and construct an eight-storey building to be called 11 York Street that would incorporate 116,509 sq ft of Grade A office space with accompanying retail and restaurant space.
In addition, a plan to erect two eight-storey residential buildings comprising 191 apartments at the end of Potato Wharf in Castlefield is up for consideration.
And members will examine a proposal by Manchester Life Development Company, a joint venture between Manchester City owner Abu Dhabi United Group and Manchester City Council, to construct a nine-storey building with ground-floor commercial space, 28 apartments and three townhouses facing Cutting Room Square in Ancoats as well as a 115-space residential car park with access from Jersey Street.
Ahead of the meeting, planning officers have recommended that all of these schemes should be approved.