It’s happening: Demolition works start at St Michael’s
Bowmer + Kirkland has begun site work in Manchester for the 185,000 sq ft office project from Gary Neville’s Relentless and US investor KKR.
As part of the project, Bowmer + Kirkland has begun the process of taking down the Sir Ralph Abercrombie pub kitchen, the Jackson’s Row Reform Synagogue, and the rear parts of the former Bootle Street Police Station.
This is the first phase of the largescale St Michael’s scheme, which also includes the Planit-IE-designed park, dubbed St Michael’s Square, and a rooftop restaurant. The first phase is estimated to cost £120m and has a tentative completion date of 2024.
Located at the former police headquarters site on Southmill Street in Manchester, the St Michael’s office building will stretch across nine storeys, offering tenants dedicated roof space, private terraces and meeting areas. Skidmore, Owings & Merill designed the scheme.
The Relentless and KKR joint venture is aiming for the office building to secure high energy efficiency and sustainability credentials, including achieving BREEAM Outstanding and WELL Platinum status.
Neville told reporters in December that he hopes to begin construction on the second phase of the St Michael’s project by the end of the year. The second phase consists of a 41-storey tower designed by Hodder + Partners. The tower would have 191 hotel rooms and 181 apartments.
St Michael’s has been more than 14 years in the making. Neville told reporters in December that despite the delays in delivery that the project is now in “the home straight”.
St Michael’s project team includes interior designer Bowler James Brindley, MEP engineer Hoare Lea, civil engineer Curtins, wind analyst and façade access consultant WSP, access consultant Peter Connell Associates, principal designer RLB, heritage consultant Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture, and Design Fire Consultants. Zerum is the project manager and planning consultant for the scheme.