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Planning Application Filed For Manc Ramada Site

With the filing of a planning application, the wraps have come off a major new proposal by Ian Simpson Architects that will see the Ramada Hotel razed to the ground and replaced with a brand new urban quarter of tall buildings on the 0.95 hectare site.

The project entitled Premier House features four blocks the tallest of which will be Building 1. With ground plus 35 storeys that will be almost entirely residential containing 248 apartments and will reach a maximum height of 121 metres.

Building 2 overlooks Deansgate and will be a hotel reaching 93 metres tall making it almost exactly the same height as Arndale House. It'll have 250 hotel rooms, a bar on the 25th floor, several meeting rooms on level 1 and a 275 square metre restaurant on the first floor.

Building 3 which will be offices and have the ground level plus 10 storeys making it 42 metres tall, and Building 4 which will reach 50 metres in height and contain offices with a ground floor plus 11 storeys. The parts of the office buildings that border onto St Mary's Place will have shops on their ground floors creating a substantial new retail frontage.

Much will be made of the redevelopment of the area around ground level including linkages from the cathedral into the site and along the River Irwell.

Also noticeable is the prominent positioning of the tallest building overlooking a bridge giving it a gateway feel, and the massing of the two tallest buildings that thanks to their sloping roofs, fit in coherently with Ian Simpson's previous work at 1 Deansgate on the other side of the road by stepping down in turn.

Less is likely to be said about the cladding that once again is "Simpsonesque", with the rectangular patterning on show that the architects seem so fond of employing in many of their buildings.

The scheme is being developed by Burdett Properties, a vehicle for West Properties, who are aiming at a long-term redevelopment of the site rather than any immediate moves towards construction.

Article Related buildings:

Premier House Building 1

Premier House Building 1
Premier House Building 2

Premier House Building 2
Premier House Building 3

Premier House Building 3