Previous proposals for Great Northern Warehouse were approved four years ago

Plans for a mixed-use redevelopment of a historic listed warehouse building in the centre of Manchester have been submitted to the city council four years after an earlier version was approved.

The proposals will see the Great Northern Warehouse revamped and turned into 120,000 sq ft of office space.

Hong Kong-based owner and investor Peterson Group developed the scheme with Trilogy Real Estate, appointing a design team led by SimpsonHaugh, the practice of Ian Simpson who designed the Beetham Tower, which neighbours the site and was formerly the UK’s tallest building outside London.

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The warehouse, built in the 1890s, will be turned into new office space

The public square in front of the grade II*-listed warehouse, which was built in the 1890s by the Great Northern Railway and used as a goodsyard, will be redesigned to a more biodiverse specification and a new pedestrian route will be built across the site, connecting Deansgate and Watson Street with a new passage called Alport Street.

Deansgate Mews and Deansgate Terrace will also be refurbished, with the latter set to provide 30,000 sq ft of offices on the upper floors, aimed at SMEs, above commercial, retail and leisure units.

A 1990s extension on the southern half of the site, which currently houses an Odeon cinema, NCP car park and gym, will be largely demolished, with three residential buildings constructed on the cleared land.

Two taller buildings at 112m and 92m high, and a lower scale podium building at 52m, will provide a total of 746 apartments.

The project team includes landscape architect Planit IE, cost consultant Quartz and WSP as MEP and sustainability consultant. Project manager is Hertfordshire firm 2110 Consult.

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Nearly 750 apartments are part of the plans

The developers initially received planning permission in March 2018 for proposals which would have seen 142 new homes and 44,000 sq ft of commercial space built.

At the time, Building reported that Laing O’Rourke had drawn up an outline construction management plan for the job, which at that time was expected to cost £300m and take 10 years to complete.

The proposals will now be reviewed by Manchester city council, with a target committee date in early 2023 according to the developer.