Neville unveils new ‘honeycomb’ tower
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GARY Neville has unveiled a new ‘honeycomb’ look for a 39-storey glass skyscraper in the heart of Manchester.
Architects have been refining the tower’s facade since a public consultation on revised plans in August - and Neville says he’s now satisfied with the overall look.
The lozenge-shaped tower - part of the St Michael’s development - would sit on Jackson’s Row, off Deansgate, and contain a mix of apartments and a luxury hotel. CGI images reveal the tower’s vertical bars have now been sculpted and twisted.
Architects say the changes and the anodised bronze material of the bars would result in reflections and colours of light bouncing off the building.
The tower’s crown has also been redesigned for a more ‘dynamic finish,’ the St Michael’s Partnership said.
Changes to the entire St Michaels’ project were announced in July after a public backlash over initial plans for two bronzeclad towers.
The historic Sir Ralph Abercromby pub and facade of the former Bootle Street police station were saved as a result as the proposal was reduced to just a single tower.
Architect Stephen Hodder, who was drafted in to redesign the plans, said the ‘subtle’ new design change would have a ‘significant impact.’
He said the sun shining on the facets would create an ‘ever-changing elevation’ at different times of the day as light moves around the building.
“I was encouraged by the outcome of the public consultations but welcomed a pause to re-evaluate the details of the elevations,” he said. “I feel the outcome is a more dynamic expression, one that not only adds vibrancy to the tower, but also presents a stronger engagement with the adjoining streets.”
It is understood Historic England’s view on the new version has been encouraging, but the organisation has still to comment.
Neville said he hoped the updated proposal would go to Manchester council in early November, to be followed by a 21-day period of public consultation.
He said of the design: “We have challenged it. We have moved it back and forward. It is the skin of the building that has been changed and I am as confident as I have ever been that this needs to get in and go.”
The new tower is two metres shorter than the taller of the two originals and has been rotated to a different angle.