The Manchester United legend’s ambitious St Michael’s project will no longer include a 29-key boutique hotel under revised plans, but will still feature a 191-room five-star hotel.
Changes are being offered to one of the UK’s most eye-catching regeneration programs.
Office-only Bootle Street Police Station
Jackson’s Row Developments, which is run by footballer-turned-expert Gary Neville, has submitted a new town planning application to Manchester City Council asking for changes to its previously agreed St Michael’s program. The developer aims to transform a 1.4 acre site that includes the former Bootle Street Police Station and Sir Ralph Abercromby Pub, bounded by Jackson’s Row, Bootle Street and Southmill Street, near Manchester Town Hall classified in grade I.
The approved plan called for the police station to be converted into a 29-key boutique hotel covering 22,217 square feet. However, the new proposal is to turn the same building into offices instead.
âThe reason for the change from hotel to office was twofold,â explained a review statement from project manager Zerum Consulting, dated September 2021. âFirst, getting an operator for a boutique hotel after the pandemic is more difficult than before, to make a less attractive, and on the other hand, the continued demand for offices, as well as the opportunity offered by the former police station to provide a more prestigious entrance and address, make the prospect of expanding the use of offices in the old police station more attractive.
Manchester’s new five-star hotel
Despite the removal of the Police Station Boutique Hotel, St Michael’s would still retain an important hospitality element, with the creation of a 191-key five-star hotel in the lower levels of a new 40-story skyscraper. floors. There would also be 235,000 square feet of office space, 181 luxury apartments, restaurants, a pub and new public space.
The demolition of the kitchen of the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub and the repair of the remaining exterior walls – the first phase of the project – were completed in April 2021. The statement added that the development team is now making progress towards starting the second. phase, which consists of building the office building and transformation of the police station, subject to authorization. Construction of the skyscraper containing the five-star hotel would take place in phase three, with the renovation of the next pub in phase four.
The team behind St Michael’s
The project team involved in the project also includes Hodder + Partners (executive architect), SOM (architect), SOM (interior designer), Bowler James Brindley (interior designer) and Planit-IE (landscape architect). Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs previously worked with Neville to develop St Michael’s, but is no longer involved after leaving the program earlier this year.
Over the summer, TOPHOTELNEWS announced that global investment firm KKR had entered into a joint venture with Neville Development Company to deliver the Â£ 200million St Michael’s program. Speaking at the time, Neville said, âThe team worked throughout the lockdown to move this project forward. St Michael’s has been a challenge, but with the support of KKR we look forward to this exciting project in Manchester.