Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Neville's New Skyscraper Is Unveiled to the Public

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Neville's New Skyscraper Is Unveiled to the Public

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THE latest designs for Gary Neville's skyscraper plans at Jackson's Row, off Deansgate, went on display this week - with the former footballer admitting he has 'no idea' what to expect from the public's reaction.

Original plans for two towers on the site provoked a fierce backlash earlier this year, alongside stinging criticism from Historic England.

The new designs replace that with a single, 39-storey curved glass skyscraper, with the Ralph Bercromby pub and the facade of the former Bootle Street police station both kept in place.

So what did people make of it? Here are some of the views expressed at the consultation in the Royal Exchange.

Graham Gillis, retired lecturer, Trafford: "I think it's wonderful, but then I very much belong to the 'progress party'.

"I wasn't too bothered about it before because I didn't think it obscured too much and gave that part of town some perspective.

"But I think this is perhaps better. I like the gardens and mixed use."

Can the site take a tall building? "Yes. We live in the 21st Century, although some people are not quite clear about that."

Richard Chen, 23, recent graduate, Manchester: "I think compared to the last one, I like the shape of it more.

"It has more of a curve to it and it's got a bit of a 1990s look to it, in a good way.

"Manchester hasn't really got a lot of buildings like that.

"A lot of them are very boxy, with straight edges."

Can the site take a tall building? "As long as it doesn't spoil the view from St Peter's, because the old one stuck up from the top of the library.

"If it's too big it would spoil the view from there."

Howard Sharrock, business consultant and director of Band On The Wall: "I think it's a fantastic improvement on the first plans, I really do.

"I'm not an architect but I know what I like and I looked at the old one and knew I didn't like it.

"This one, the opposite - the important bits have been retained, like the pub and the police station, which has standalone merit and should have been kept. …

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