Plans in for Manchester landmark

By James Buckley - Friday, January 05, 2018 10:21

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Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group have submitted plans to reposition the grade II listed Great Northern Warehouse, along with Deansgate Terraces and Great Northern Square, creating a luxury residential and retail quarter.

Since acquiring the Great Northern in 2013, the partnership has been developing a series of proposals in a £300m, ten-year plan to bring to life one of Manchester’s most historic and strategically significant regeneration areas.

The planning application follows an extensive public consultation; including two public exhibitions in August and a series of consultation events that engaged over 200 local residents and stakeholders; which has shaped the design.

The plans have been drawn up by a team of consultants that includes masterplanner Will Alsop’s aLL Design, architect SimpsonHaugh, Altrincham-based landscape specialist Planit-IE and interior architect Johnson Naylor.

Robert Wolstenholme of Trilogy Real Estate said: “The Great Northern Warehouse and Square offer one of the most significant regeneration opportunities in Manchester city centre, and we have spoken to over 200 local stakeholders and residents to try to get this right. In particular, this process has shaped the character of the public space, where we aim to play our part in a city-wide initiative to bring trees and greenery into the heart of the civic centre.

“We’re restoring the historic character of the Great Northern, stripping away the modern structures that disfigure the historic warehouse and making sensitive interventions that are in tune with the quality of the site. Alongside our neighbours at St Johns, our vision is to regenerate this underperforming part of the city and create a new urban quarter that will add to Manchester’s building reputation as a world city.”

Nick Owen, Partner at SimpsonHaugh said: “The design proposals are shaped by the key principles of respecting and celebrating the site’s heritage assets and transforming the existing public realm. By stripping back the obtrusive modern additions and sensitively repairing and enhancing the original fabric, we aim to reveal this great building for the public to enjoy.”

Trilogy and Peterson see the current use of the Great Northern Warehouse as a car park as completely at odds with the quality and heritage value of the building.

The designs propose to revive the Great Northern Warehouse by converting the upper three storeys to residential accommodation, stripping away modern additions like the parking ramps to reveal the building’s historic character and conserve its heritage.

In addition Deansgate Terraces will be renovated to create a retail street at ground level, with residences on the upper floors.

Across the site, public space will be increased by over 25%, from around 6,200sq m to 7,850sq m.

Further phases of the £300m transformation are currently in the early stages of consultation, with plans to deliver the project over the next ten years.

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