Allied London to unveil latest Granada plans

DEVELOPER Allied London is unveiling its latest plans for the former ITV Studios site in Manchester tomorrow.

Nearby residents and other interested parties have been invited to an exhibition at the former studio from 12-7.30pm to see how plans for the development, to be named St Johns, have progressed.
 
Allied London’s chief executive Mike Ingall will be speaking at 1pm and 6.30pm.

At a similar event in January he told an audience that the scheme would be a “modern village” that would contribute to a much larger city centre population, which stands at just 19,000.
 
Ahead of tomorrow’s presentation he said: “We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to help shape the future of our city and create a vibrant new neighbourhood on a site that has been largely closed to the public for several decades.  
 
“We were immensely grateful to everyone who came to our first event and were truly inspired by the ideas brought to us. At that event, we promised to engage continually with the local community as we develop our plans, and I hope people will be able to see how we’ve responded to their views as this existing development proposition has evolved.”
 
Allied London is hoping to submit a planning application by the end of September. It acquired the site for £26.5m through a joint venture with the city council called Manchester Quays Ltd when ITV left for new facilities at Salford Quays. Before it is redeveloped the area will have a series of temporary uses and is being positioned as a media and arts quarter that could be home to pop-up shops, bars and live music.

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