St Michael’s Revealed
New imagery has been released, showing how St Michael’s is set to transform Jackson’s Row; a currently under-utilised area of central Manchester surrounded by a number of key regeneration schemes. A recent press conference highlighted how the development will complement the emerging Civic Quarter, Spinningfields, St. Johns and redevelopment activity around Brazennose Street, and extend the city centre’s extensive public realm.
St Michael’s incorporates a five-star hotel, apartments, office, retail and leisure space designed by Make Architects and will benefit from three brand new public spaces – each with their own distinct identity.
‘St. Michael’s Square’ provides 14,000 sq ft of vibrant quality public realm, populated by kiosks and alfresco eating and drinking, that links the development to Albert Square and the Town Hall. Weaving between independent stalls, seating areas, bars and restaurants, ‘The Steps’, take you 15m upwards to the ‘The Garden,’ which offers a further 11,000 sq ft of public open space. Providing a unique experience with views across the city and a venue for entertainment from live music to outdoor theatre, ‘The Garden’ will have a retractable roof for year-round enjoyment within a temperate planted environment.
The £150m St. Michael’s development is being funded by an international consortium partnership deal between Singapore’s Rowsley Ltd, Beijing Construction and Engineering Group International (BCEGI) and Jackson’s Row Developments Limited, formed by Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Brendan Flood. Zerum Consult is the Development Manager and Planning Consultant. Make Architects designed the buildings, including two slender towers, within the Planit-IE designed public realm.
Public consultation will take place at the beginning of September.