Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs Propose Manchester Skyscraper Scheme

Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs Propose Manchester Skyscraper Scheme

Ex-Manchester United football stars Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have put forward plans for Manchester skyscrapers designed by architects office Make.

The pair want to use the proposed building as a luxury shopping and hotel complex on the site of a former synagogue in the city which was built in the 1950s.

Make’s Ken Shuttleworth designed the scheme for the former international football icons, who also run the Jackson’s Row Development Company with Brendan Flood, who owns Burnley Football Club.

The project is called St Michael’s and will feature a five star hotel with 200 beds, 13,000 sq m of office space, 153 apartments and a 2,800 sq m shopping complex, while two restaurants and sky bars are also featured in the plans.

The development will total 65,000 sq m and will consist of two towers which are to be positioned on a half hectare site in the heart of the city.

The North Building will be 31 storeys tall, while the South Building will be 21 storeys in height, which between them will frame a split-level square designed by landscape and urban design firm Planit-IE.

The scheme does not include any affordable homes, which has been done with the intention of attracting wealthy residents and tourists with a high end price point.

The development group produced a statement which read: “St Michael’s will reinvigorate the last, largely disused, streets in the heart of the city,” said a statement from the development group.

“This is an area that has been under-utilised for many years and in many ways a forgotten part of the city, unless people had a specific reason for being there.”

However, heritage body Historic England has voiced concern about how the proposal could impact on the city.

The Manchester Reform Synagogue is one of the UK’s oldest, while the scheme would also result in the demolition of a 1930s police headquarters and a 19th-century Sir Ralph Abercromby pub.

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