Plans to totally transform a landmark building in Manchester city centre have been given the go ahead.
The Grade-II listed Great Northern Warehouse and surrounding buildings will be revamped into a mixed-use development featuring office space and 750 homes spread across three buildings – including a new 32-storey tower.
High quality office space will be the centrepiece of the project with 150,000 sq ft of workspace planned for around 1,800 people.
To make way for the new residential buildings the Leisure Box, home to the Odeon cinema, will be demolished.
The foundations and basement floor structures of the Leisure Box will be retained, cutting the carbon footprint of construction.
A glass bridge would also be built between the warehouse and Deansgate Terrace to connect the buildings with improved access to Deansgate Mews.
Around 45% of the six-acre site would be public space with Great Northern Square, which sits at the front of the Warehouse, to be transformed into a ‘welcoming green oasis’.
New pedestrian and cycle routes are also planned across the site to increase connectivity and access to the wider city centre.
The ambitious scheme is the brainchild of joint developers Trilogy Real Estate and Hong Kong-based Peterson. The plans were drawn up by architect SimpsonHaugh and landscape architect Planit-IE.
Responding to the decision, Trilogy founder and CEO Robert Wolstenholme, said: “A huge team has worked tirelessly and with huge passion for over 8 years to listen, design and refine to arrive at a proposed scheme we hope Manchester will proud of.
“There is much still to do and we will continue to work hard to bring to life what has been in our imaginations for so many years. We greatly look forward to continuing to build a community of the best of the north at the Great Northern.”
Nick Owen, partner at SimpsonHaugh, said: “We are delighted that the proposals for the Great Northern have been approved. We now look forward to delivering on our vision for this important site, creating a thriving and sustainable mixed-use neighbourhood, celebrating the site’s unique built heritage, and creating a place for everyone to enjoy.”
Lindsay Humblet, Director at Planit-IE, added: “This is a fantastic result and once complete will become an exemplar of how landscape architecture will enrich the neighbourhood, its emerging community and also contribute to a greener future for Manchester city centre.”
Work on the £294m regeneration project is expected to start next year and will be completed in three phases, with the final stage to be finished by 2029.
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