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‘Final piece of jigsaw’ in Manchester regeneration could move step closer

A vision to guide the transformation of part of Manchester city centre dubbed “the final piece of the jigsaw” could move a step closer today.

Manchester City Council’s executive will meet to consider the draft strategic regeneration framework for the Ramada complex on Deansgate.

The 1.4 hectare site, which borders the city’s Medieval Quarter, includes the Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel (pictured), a car park and derelict offices.

Urban and Civic is proposing to demolish all the buildings on the Ramada complex site to bring forward a “landmark mixed use scheme” including high quality riverside public spaces, homes, a 5-star hotel and shops.

The scheme also envisages improved pedestrian connections with the surrounding area.

Subject to approval, the council’s strategic regeneration framework will guide development on the site to ensure its suitability.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, says: “The Ramada complex is one of the most exciting and challenging redevelopment opportunities in the city centre.

“It is virtually the final piece of the jigsaw of the ambitious 1999 city centre renewal plan drawn up in the aftermath of the IRA bomb and has the potential to make a significant contribution to the area and act as a catalyst to further improvements, a real gateway destination creating jobs and opportunities and complementing its surroundings, rather than detracting from them as it currently does.”