Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs’ £200m plans for a skyscraper in Manchester have been given the green light by the government.
The St Michael’s Partnership, a consortium of investors including Mr Giggs and Mr Neville, was told by housing secretary James Brokenshire that the government will not call in the council’s decision to approve the 40-storey tower.
The initial proposal, which included two towers on the site next to the Manchester Town Hall, was rejected after the plans were met with fierce criticism.
Following a radical redesign, a second application featuring just one tower and a stepped podium was passed by the Manchester City Council in March this year.
Speaking for the St Michael’s Partnership, Mr Neville said: “We are delighted that the secretary of state has decided to not call in our revised plans for St Michael’s and that the vision for this landmark mixed-use scheme will be realised.
“It’s been more than a decade since the idea to regenerate a strategic city centre location was first considered, and our whole team is very pleased that we can focus on delivering this project for Manchester.”
The development will include a 200-bed hotel as well as 190 luxury flats. There will also be 148,000 sq ft of offices in the nine-storey stepped podium building, which will also include a rooftop terrace.