Ex-Man Utd stars join with architects to design twin high-rises

Former Premiership footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have teamed up with architects office Make to design a luxury shopping and hotel complex in Manchester.

Ken Shuttleworth of London studio Make designed the scheme for the former Manchester United players, who run the Jackson’s Row Development Company along with Burnley FC owner Brendan Flood.

The scheme, named St Michael’s, includes a five-star hotel with 200 beds, 153 apartments, office space, a shopping centre, bars and restaurants also feature.

The 65,000m2 development will consist  of two towers in the city centre and its 31-storey North Building and 21-storey South Building will frame a split-level square designed by landscape and urban design firm Planit-IE.

“St Michael’s will reinvigorate the last, largely disused, streets in the heart of the city,” said a statement from the development group.

“This is an area that has been under-utilised for many years and in many ways a forgotten part of the city, unless people had a specific reason for being there,” it added. “This is in stark contrast to the vast majority of this area where activity levels and pedestrian movements are high.”

Heritage body Historic England has raised concerns about the impact of the proposal, as  a 1930s police headquarters and the 19th-century Sir Ralph Abercromby pub are facing demolition to make way for the scheme.