Urban&Civic appoints Glenn Howells as architects on Manchester Deansgate project

By Kasmira Jefford - Monday, October 09, 2017 12:34

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Urban&Civic has appointed Glenn Howells Architects to work up plans for its Renaissance Hotel site at the northern end of Deansgate, close to Manchester Cathedral and the city’s prime retail district.

Urban&Civic acquired the 0.8ha site in 2014 and launched an international design competition late last year. Glenn Howell Architects is now working up plans for the site and a planning application is likely to be submitted next year.

The scheme represents a major opportunity to improve and progress this important gateway site to the city centre – an area that has been long identified as a key regeneration site through the City Centre Strategic Plan.

The complex provides an important link to the heart of the retail offer in the city centre, and crucial to its success will be how the development connects to the Medieval Quarter, helping to activate the historic core.

The works will also allow the creation of a new public realm space, which is a key objective for city centre development.

Philip Leech, Property Director at Urban&Civic said: “This is a prominent landmark site and we envisage a mixed-use scheme, which is likely to include a new 5* hotel, residential, retail and leisure. Glenn Howells impressed us with their grasp of the site and vision. We are excited to start moving the designs forward.”

Glenn Howells, Director, Glenn Howells Architects added: “We are delighted to be working with Urban&Civic and Manchester City Council. Our vision for the site is a composition of new buildings taking reference from the surrounding heritage, whilst framing key views of the Cathedral and bringing new life to this part of the river.”

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The site brings excitement and challenge in equal measure, but the outcome will revitalise the area and be a tremendous boost to the medieval core of the city. We absolutely welcome the commitment of Urban&Civic to ensure the development goes ahead and believe in the huge potential of the site.”

kjefford@costar.co.uk

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