GHA have been appointed by Urban&Civic to work up plans for its Renaissance Hotel site at the northern end of Deansgate, close to Manchester Cathedral and the city’s prime retail district.
Following an international design competition in 2016, GHA is now working up plans for the site and a planning application is likely to be submitted next year.
The site marks an important gateway site to the city centre and resides within an area that has long been identified as a key regeneration site through the City Centre Strategic Plan. The complex will provide an important link to the retail offer in the city centre and connect to the Medieval Quarter to help activate the historic core.
Philip Leech, Property Director at Urban&Civic comments, “This is a prominent landmark site and we envisage a mixed-use scheme, which is likely to include a new 5* hotel, residential, retail and leisure. Glenn Howells impressed us with their grasp of the site and vision. We are excited to start moving the designs forward.”
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The site bring excitement and challenge in equal measure, but the outcome will revitalise the area and be a tremendous boost to the medieval core of the city. We absolutely welcome the commitment of Urban&Civic to ensure the development goes ahead and believe in the huge potential of the site.”