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£200m Manchester Skyscraper Given the Green Light

The UK government has given Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs the go-ahead for their plans to construct a £200m skyscraper in Manchester.

Housing secretary James Brokenshire told the St Michael’s Partnership, a group of investors including Mr. Neville and Mr. Giggs, that the government will not interfere with the council’s decision to approve the 40-storey Manchester skyscraper.

The original proposal, which included the construction of two towers next to the Manchester Town Hall, was turned down after ardent criticism greeted the plans.

After a radical redesign of the original concept, a second proposal that included only one tower and a stepped podium was approved by the Manchester City Council last March.

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Speaking on behalf of the St Michael’s Partnership, Mr. Neville said that the consortium was pleased that the secretary of state had decided not to block the amended plans for the Manchester skyscraper and that the strong vision for this unique mixed-use building will soon be realised.

Mr. Neville said that over a decade has passed since the idea to revitalise a strategic location in the centre of the city was first proposed, and the entire team was happy that it could finally focus on delivering this project for the city.

Mr. Giggs added that he believed that St. Michael’s was a brilliant scheme that will add to the quality of buildings presently on offer and improve the centre of Manchester.

He and his partners said that the development was expected to contribute over £80m to the local economy and government tax revenues totalling £147m over 10 years.

The development will include 190 luxury apartments as well as a hotel with 200 beds. The nine-story stepped podium building will also house 148,000 sq ft of office space and a rooftop terrace.

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