FCBStudios and CEG have unveiled proposals to redevelop 20-36 High Street Manchester, opposite the Arndale Centre, to provide a mix of new homes, retail and leisure space.
In its current state 20 – 36 High Street is a 1970s building which is predominantly vacant. It is constrained, not environmentally friendly and unappealing to modern office occupiers. As it is reaching the end of its economic life, our client CEG has been considering the options for the site in order for it to be more beneficial to the street scene and the local economy and have appointed FCBStudios to design the new 22-storey, iconic building.
Alex Whitbread, Partner from FCBStudios, said: “Our design approach looks to create a new landmark 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 grand office buildings such as Sunlight House to create a new building which is distinctly and proudly Mancunian."
FCBStudios has also designed proposals to relocate the popular market stalls on Church Street to a new contemporary style of accommodation offering indoor and outdoor areas, returning to their historic home next to the nearby Church Street car park. This is to become a destination in its own right, enabling seamless trading, improved facilities and an attractive and dynamic use on this key route in the city.
The exhibition boards are available to view at highstreetmanchester.co.uk