Architects working for a consortium fronted by ex-Manchester United footballer Gary Neville have published the latest designs ahead of a public consultation. The St Michael’s development is earmarked for Jackson’s Row, off Albert Square.
The revised plans are in response to comments made during August’s consultation and include a new ‘honeycomb’ façade. As the latest CGI images attest, the new design is less clinical than previous iterations, featuring weaving vertical bars encasing its glass frontage to create dynamic light reflections to integrate the skyscraper into the surrounding area.
Initial resistance on the earliest plans for the scheme focused on its design impact on Manchester’s skyline and the proposed demolition of historic buildings in the area, primarily the Synagogue and Bootle Street Police Station. In response to this backlash, architects were changed and the new scheme includes restoration and refurbishment of the Police Station frontage and Sir Ralph Abercromby pub, along with the creation of a new public space.
These proposals are due to go to Manchester council in early November, followed by a 21-day period of public consultation.