Neville and Giggs to revise Manchester hotel development

Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have announced they will revise their controversial St Michael’s development in Manchester.

The former Manchester United stars have asked Manchester City Council to delay making a decision on whether to allow the plans, which include a 201-bedroom luxury hotel, to go ahead.

The 700,000 sq ft St. Michael’s development plan was set to include two bronze skyscrapers of 21 and 31 storeys, a five-star hotel, apartments, office space, three public spaces, a new synagogue and 30,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space.

However, the scheme saw a backlash from conservation groups with Historic England claiming the plans would cause “irreparable damage” and “erase” the area’s history.

Neville announced the decision to rethink the plans at the MIPIM property exhibition in Cannes, but said he still believed in the “scale” of the plans which he wants to be perfect.

“From our point of view there is no doubt that some of the suggestions, made to us during the consultation process, we need to listen to. We need to refine certain aspects of it and make changes to certain aspects,” he said.

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