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Gary Neville’s new £200m St Michael’s neighbourhood development to begin construction in January

St Michael’s will boast a 41 storey tower with 191 hotel rooms, 181 apartments, and a 900 cover restaurant with city views

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Gary Neville has announced that work on his ambitious £200m neighbourhood development St Michael’s will be getting underway in January 2022.

Plans for the highly-anticipated St Michael’s neighbourhood began back in 2016, though the development has been fourteen years in the making – the ex-Manchester United star said he is aware that many were sceptical it would ever come to fruition, but has insisted that the project is in ‘the home straight’. 

And today, Neville has shared first-look graphics of what St Michaels will look like, writing on his social platforms: “Welcome to St Michaels , Manchester . We’ve just completed the deal to build phase 1 starting in January and can’t wait.”

The build will take place in two phases courtesy of a joint venture between Gary Neville’s Relentless and US investor KKR, with the first being delivered by contractor Bowmer & Kirkland and focusing on 185,000 sq ft of commercial space across nine floors at the site of the former police headquarters on Southmill Street.

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The new office spaces will offer tenants their own designated roof space – which will boast impressive skyline views overlooking the Manchester Town Hall and Manchester Library – private terraces and areas for meetings and presentations, and interiors designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

They will also have access to increased cycle storage, and enhanced changing and showering facilities.

St Michaels will also house a huge public space billed to be a ‘hub of music, food, drink, and entertainment’, and is expected to generate 1,800 new jobs. 

The second phase of the development will focus on the hospitality and residential elements in the form of a forty-one-storey tower with 191 hotel rooms and 181 apartments, as well as a 900 cover restaurant with city views.

Relentless and KKR are also aiming for high sustainability credentials, with the hope to achieve BREEAM Outstanding, five stars on NABERS and WELL Platinum status, which would make them some of the most eco-friendly and energy efficient spaces in the country.

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Gary Neville said on the development: “This is such an important project for Manchester. We are really pleased to be announcing the start-on-site in what is another major step forward for this legacy scheme. The aim is to deliver a world class development for our city and the UK. 

“Our team has worked tirelessly with our joint venture partner KKR, along with contractor B&K and Manchester City Council, and it is the dedication of these teams that has enabled the first phase to come to fruition in the new year.”

Manchester City Council are fully backing the development, with city council leader Bev Craig saying: “This is momentous news for the St Michael’s project. This development will be transformational for the Jackson Row area and confirmation that a start on site is imminent is very welcome.”

St Michael’s will begin phase one of building in January 2022, with an expected completion date in 2024. Head over to the St Michael’s website for news and updates.

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Plans for new tallest tower said to be ‘the landmark of Manchester’

Plans for the new tower will place it among Europe’s tallest high rises

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Property developer Salboy is set to submit plans for a new tower which will be the tallest in the city among a cluster of skyscrapers.

If proposals are approved, the 241m (790ft) high Viadux 2 scheme is expected to take four years to build.

Salboy’s Managing Director, Simon Ismail, has said it is going to be ‘the landmark of Manchester’, the BBC reports.

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Once completed, the new skyscraper will overtake Deansgate Square’s South Tower at 201m (695ft) high and dwarf the Beetham Tower at 169 m (554ft) high.

“We purposefully wanted to go for the tallest residential building in Europe… it’s a flagship building,” Mr Ismail told the BBC.

The Viadux 2 tower will hold around 800 apartments, providing homes for residents looking to live in Manchester, where housing is in great demand.

Mr Ismail said much of that demand for homes in the city was driven by ‘postgrads staying on, the largest student population in Europe, and a cost of living that’s half of that in London’.

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Salboy says it has already provided about 4,000 homes in Manchester, and as long as there is ‘massive demand for homes, the firm will continue to build, Mr Ismail said.

The developer is also working on St Michael’s Tower with the former Manchester United footballer Gary Neville.

Manchester has seen a huge boom in skyscrapers over the last 10 years, with an ever evolving skyline.

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Mr Ismail says he has ‘no idea’ how long the city’s skyscraper boom will continue, but that he never believed it when people had previously claimed ‘the bubble was going to burst’.

Adding: “When you look at what Manchester’s got behind it, it’s got too much backing it up, industrious people and a history of doing things right.”

Subject to approval, Salboy hopes to start work on the tower sometime this year.

Property developer Renaker has built a collection of skyscrapers at Great Jackson Street, along the southern border of the city centre.

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The firm has also built towers at Colliers Yard in Salford and has started a scheme to build four skyscrapers at Trinity Islands, by the River Irwell.

Renaker has received more than £500m in loans from the Greater Manchester Housing Investment Fund – which was launched by George Osborne when he was chancellor of the exchequer in 2014.

The funding is loaned to developers by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and is then paid back. The value of the loans has now reached £942.5m with more than 10,500 new homes being supported from it so far.

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New build-to-rent community launching in Manchester neighbourhood named ‘best up-and-coming place to live’

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A new build-to-rent community is launching in Piccadilly East, the city centre neighbourhood named one of the ‘best up-and-coming places to live in the UK’ by the Sunday Times.

The Castings will be a new creative hub, owned by the people behind the five-star Lowry Hotel, and situated behind Piccadilly Station.

Made up of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments, the development on the cusp of the Northern Quarter and Ancoats will feature a host of amenities.

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This includes a new yoga room and gym, a games room, private dining spaces and a work hub. There will also be three food and beverage outlets on the ground floor.

Piccadilly East was named in the Sunday Times’ list of best places to live in 2020, located within walking distance from the bars and restaurants of Ancoats and the Piccadilly Basin.

Cloudwater and Track brewery taprooms, Diecast, Ducie Street Warehouse and the soon-to-open Co-op Live are all also nearby.

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As the name suggests, the 350 design-led apartments are inspired by the casting of metals, incorporating industrial shapes, flowing forms and molten textures.

On the imminent launch, The Castings community manager Dave Evans said: “In just a couple of months, we’ll be welcoming residents into our new community. The focus for The Castings has been to create much more than just apartments; it’s a whole new lifestyle, with the best service and living experience that Manchester has to offer.

“Piccadilly East is a really exciting area to be part of which already contains some of the most exciting venues within the city, it’s the next generation of Manchester, and following on from the footsteps of Ancoats we hope to continue to create the next bustling creative hub in the city.”

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The prices for the new scheme start from £1150 per month for a studio apartment, £1250 for a 1-bed apartment, £1525 per month for a 2-bed and £2175 for a 3-bed apartment.

You can book in for viewings now, with move-in dates from June. Register interest here.

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Special buying event for brand new shared ownership city centre apartments

Latimer’s Islington Wharf stylish new apartments are offering buyers the chance to get on the property ladder and live that city centre lifestyle

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Leading property developer, Latimer, is hosting a buying event for newly built shared ownership apartments in Manchester city centre.

If you’re saving to become a homeowner and would love to live that city centre lifestyle; navigating your career while attending fancy parties, but think it’s way out of your budget – this could be for you.

Prospective home buyers could live out their dreams in these contemporary new homes situated in one of the most desirable and fashionable neighbourhoods in Manchester.

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Set in New Islington, Ancoats, this attractive new development offers one and two-bedroom apartments for shared-ownership buyers looking to live in this bustling city – so book a viewing and attend the Latimer buying event next month.

The apartments are within easy walking distance of the Metrolink, train stations and bus stops and come with floor to ceiling windows that offer unique views of the city’s skyline, while allowing for the most stunning natural light to illuminate the clean and spacious rooms.

Manchester has so much to offer for visitors and residents. It has a wealth of opportunities for those looking to climb the career ladder, as well as a wide variety of entertainment, a fantastic nightlife and exceptional dining experiences. 

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New residents can take a stroll around the beautiful Marina, stop for a pastry and coffee, and spend the day exploring galleries and museums before catching up with friends in swanky bars and restaurants.

Once a derelict and unsightly industrial estate, Ancoats has transformed into a palace where everyone wants to be – it’s no wonder the area earned a Best Place to Live accolade from The Times.

The landmark 15-storey building designed by Ryder Architecture and stands tall on the corner of Great Ancoats Street and Old Mill Street – home to 106 one and two bedroom apartments finished to the highest standard.

Sainsbury’s takes up the commercial space on the ground floor so daily grocery shopping will be ultra-convenient for residents here. As well as a selection of parking spaces available to purchase, there is a cycle store on the ground floor offering a cycle space for each apartment.

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Latimer is the development arm of Clarion Housing Group, developing private homes in thriving, mixed use communities.

Clarion Housing Group is the UK’s largest provider of affordable housing, with over 125,000 homes and more than 350,000 residents across the country.

Latimer’s shared ownership buying event will take place on Saturday, March 2nd 10am – 5pm  at Islington Wharf (the corner of Great Ancoats Street and Old Mill Street.)

Attendees can view the apartments, speak with financial advisors about the scheme. To book a viewing, click HERE. Apartments are ready to move into now.

Reserve your new two-bedroom home and you could receive a £500 gift voucher. Offer subject to eligibility criteria and selected plots.  Please speak to your sales adviser to find out more.

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