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Updated St John’s vision unveiled for Manchester

Allied London revealed an unpdated vision to create a new neighbourhood on and around the site of Manchester’s Old Granada Studios last night (28 July).

During the public consultation event, chief executive Mike Ingall said the masterplan for the St John’s district had changed to make way for new arts and multi-performance venue the Factory to become part of the community and, in turn, provided more space for “enterprise” and improved public realm.

He told attendees: “We feel what’s here 12 months on is better and we’ve improved it.”

The Manchester City Council-led Factory project, which also received government funding as part of the Northern Powerhouse strategy, has prompted Allied London to reposition some elements of its previously consulted vision to avoid too much low-level residential development near to the cultural venue.

A new concept to create Enterprise City, with the first stage focused on the city’s Bonded Warehouse, was also unveiled as Allied London looks to attract digital and technology businesses from start-ups to corporates to St John’s. A total of 800,000 sq ft of work space will be created across five buildings through the initiative.

Plus Manchester’s ‘Campfield Markets’ will be transformed into a new complex for events, arts and workspace for ‘makers’ under the new-look vision, in a project which will further “link up” St John’s to the Deansgate area of the city.

A series of planning applications for new elements of the mixed-use St John’s community is due to be submitted to Manchester City Council during the coming months

Work is due to start on site for the first elements of St John’s during the first half of 2017, with the first completions expected between 2018 and 2019.