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Allied London Fleshes Out St John’s Place Vision

Allied London fleshes out St John’s Place vision

Fresh details have emerged about Allied London’s plans to create almost 650,000 sq ft of residential, hotel, retail and restaurant space across four new buildings, including a 52-storey skyscraper, within the 13-acre St John’s regeneration scheme in Manchester city centre.

Manchester Quays Two has submitted a full planning application to Manchester City Council outlining its proposals for a site to be known as St John’s Place (pictured above) bounded by the River Irwell to the west, New Quay Street to the north, Gartside Street to the east and Quay Street to the south. The 3.2-acre plot sits in the northern part of the wider St John’s scheme centred around the Old Granada Studios complex.

Manchester Quays Two is registered to Allied London’s head office on Atherton Street and all of its directors are part of the developer’s senior team.

There are currently two main buildings on the plot (pictured above). The former Globe & Simpson Building at 88-100 Quay Street, which was built in the 1930s and features an Art Deco clock tower, was previously occupied by ITV as a business service centre. And the Albert Shed building facing the River Irwell, which was built in the early part of the 20th century, now provides valet parking for the Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel.

Allied London is proposing to demolish both buildings. It wants permission to construct a 51-storey skyscraper on the Globe & Simpson site featuring a hotel and residential space, a neighbouring seven-storey aparthotel with restaurant space, two residential buildings on the Albert Shed site facing the river with ground-level retail space, and new public realm.

Manchester’s current tallest building is Beetham Tower at 47 storeys high.

Across the St John’s Place scheme, there would be 387 homes, 313 hotel rooms, 14 serviced apartments and 95 parking spots. The largest proportion of the project has been earmarked for residential use at 416,520 sq ft, followed by hotel use at 198,107 sq ft, retail space at 20,405 sq ft, and restaurant space at 8,766 sq ft.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Nadler Hotels would create a ten-floor hotel within the skyscraper (pictured below). The luxury boutique hotel brand is planning a 110-bed hotel for its first foray into Manchester.

Michael Ingall, Allied London chief executive, said: “We are making homes – and homes away from home at St John’s Place; we are creating a place for the future, and we are doing it with quality design and unrivalled brands. Nadler are a great fit for St John’s and for Manchester; their hotel will be stylish, smart and welcoming and will form a huge part of the St John’s Place lifestyle when it launches in 2019.”

Notes: Images taken from planning documents by SimpsonHaugh and Partners

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