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CEG plans £79m Manchester development

15 Oct Property developer Commercial Estates Group (CEG) has submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of 20-36 High Street in Manchester, a mainly empty 1960s building opposite the Arndale Centre.

Plans for reopening Stationer’s Court
Plans for reopening Stationer’s Court

The £79m proposals would deliver 361 new flats in the city centre location, with retail space at street level.

The scheme reopens Stationer’s Court to become a public space connecting the High Street and the Northern Quarter.

CEG’s regional head of strategic development, David Hodgson, said: “This is an exciting regeneration opportunity, delivering a design that is befitting of this gateway site and reflects High Street’s former vibrancy and importance in the city. By reopening the historic Stationer’s Court as a covered plaza, we can enhance pedestrian access between the High Street and Northern Quarter and provide a light-filled covered space to eat, drink and shop, enjoying views of the large feature tree planting we are proposing on Birchin Lane.”

Public consultation events were held in July 2017 and July 2018. CEG has appointed FCB Studios, the architect behind Circle Square, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan Business School and Murray’s Mills in Ancoats.

FCB Studios partner Alex Whitbread 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.”

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