A planning application for the redevelopment of 20-36 High Street has been submitted, a predominantly vacant 1960s building which sits opposite the Arndale Centre by the Feilden Clegg Bradley.
The £79 million proposals would deliver 361 new homes, offering a mix of 1 – 3 bedrooms at this sustainable city centre location, close to jobs, facilities and with exceptional connections to the transport network.
The ground floor and a double height mezzanine would offer a vibrant space for independent cafés, restaurants and shops, providing around 65 jobs. The scheme reopens the Stationer’s Court to become a public space connecting the High Street and the Northern Quarter.
The aspirations for the site include the regeneration of a prominent City Centre site, improvements to the pedestrian environment, a respect of the historical context, provision of independent retail spaces and an upgrade of the market facilities.
Alex Whitbread, Partner at FCBStudios, said: “Our design will create a grand mansion block at the corner of High Street and Church Street where the Northern Quarter and the city centre retail quarter meet.
“The architecture refers to the City’s past, drawing on the adjacent Debenhams and historic office buildings such as Sunlight House to create a new building which is distinctly and proudly Mancunian. The use of light ivory-white glazed ceramic tiles will also create a building that is light in colour and reflective in character.”