Giggs and Neville strike again.
The former United stars have released pictures for their next ambitious development, the size of which dwarfs their previous Hotel Football scheme.
St Michael’s is a 700,000 sq ft mixed-use project in the heart of Manchester.
Designed by Make Architects, it has everything you’d expect from a hefty project: homes, offices, retail space and lot of plants, if the pictures are anything to go by.
The move will be music to the ears of anyone worried about the impact Brexit would have on development in the region.
Neville told the Manchester Evening News: “I believe fully in this city. I believe fully in what we’re doing. I’m not going to move my position on that because of what’s happening down in London and the fact they can’t sort their house out.
“We need to obviously continue.”
His comments are made all the more interesting when you think about who else is involved in the project, with entrepreneur Brendan Flood, Singapore developer Rowsley and Beijing Construction and Engineering Group International delivering the scheme alongside the two former footballers.
In the same MEN interview, Neville admits that this next scheme has a few challenges ahead.
“Now it gets real, the game has just started… there are lots of obstacles to overcome. First and foremost the consultation and the planning process.”
But it’s not like Neville and Giggs aren’t used to a challenge or two.
Delivering Hotel Football was no easy feat, Galliford Try having had little room to play with on this constrained site.
Their scheme after that – the redevelopment of the historic Stock Exchange into a boutique hotel – was occupied by squatters last October, but the boys were unfazed and rather than booting them out, they allowed them to stay in the building over the cold winter months.
Add to that the support for the project from Manchester City Council (which is also a development partner) and things start to look pretty rosy.
So the next question is who’s going to build it?
I know what you’re thinking: What a good time for CN to have appointed a northern correspondent based in Manchester to keep an eye on its progress.
Haven’t heard the news yet? His name is Charlie Schouten and you can get in touch with him here.
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