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Paragon instructed to work on Old Granada Studios redevelopment

Paragon has been instructed by Allied London to work on the redevelopment of Manchester’s Old Granada Studios.

Plans for the Quay Street site include the refurbishment of four television studios, a 210-bedroom hotel with a rooftop swimming pool and a nine-storey mixed-use building.

The proposals, which are part of the £1.35 billion Enterprise City masterplan for St. John’s, also include a bar and restaurant, as well as modular workspace to foster the growth of start-ups.

A team led by Paragon director and head of the Manchester office, James Onions, will provide Allied London with project management services on the development.

The instruction is Paragon’s second in Manchester with Allied London this year, following its appointment on the ABC Project in August.

Michael Ingall, chairman and CEO of Allied London, says: “Paragon has an outstanding reputation in the industry, which is why we originally appointed them on our ABC development.

“Impressed by the team’s approach and commitment, and with a shared vision for Enterprise City, we are confident that James [Onions] and his team will help us achieve our ambitions of creating a new cluster for Manchester.”

Paragon’s Onions adds: “Enterprise City is one of the most exciting developments in the UK at the moment and we’re incredibly proud to be working with Allied London once again on such a major project.

“The Old Granada Studios redevelopment will further strengthen the city’s creative, tech and digital credentials, and attract more businesses and investment to Manchester.”