Gary Neville’s £400m landmark development launched at the beginning of July in Manchester, the culmination of 15 years of hard work to transform an underused area of the city into a new world-class destination for work, rest and play. The mixed-use scheme is being brought to the market through a collaboration between Relentless Developments and stakeholders KKR, Salboy and Manchester City Council. No.1 St Michael’s is expected to be the ﬁrst fully Net Zero Carbon commercial development in the city, both in operation and delivery.
The launch sees the development set a new headline rent for ofﬁces in the city with international law ﬁrms, Pinsent Masons and Hill Dickinson signing record-breaking deals for 26,842 sq ft and 18,192 sq ft respectively at No.1 St Michael’s.
Construction of the highly-anticipated iconic 41-storey tower is also set to commence in the coming weeks and when complete, will be home to a 162-bed 5 Star International hotel brand plus 217 luxury residences. Relentless is in the ﬁnal stages of signing a deal with an upscale global hotel operator for the tower, which will be announced in the autumn. Apartment sales will also commence after the summer as part of the joint venture between Relentless and property developer, Salboy. St Michael’s is aiming to set new standards in quality, aesthetic and experience in the city, becoming a high proﬁle destination for food, drink and entertainment. Iconic Nikkei restaurant brand, Chotto Matte will occupy the roof terrace while a public square will see the historic Sir Ralph Abercromby pub retained following a substantial refurbishment.
The scheme has been designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Hodder & Partners to be both epochal in its transformation of an underused area in the heart of the city, while also sympathetic to the site’s heritage as the former home to Manchester City Police headquarters. Interiors have been created in collaboration with SOM to complement the building’s high-quality external design.
The development is separated into two distinct phases, with phase one branded No.1 St Michael’s and comprising nine ﬂoors of ofﬁce space set to achieve high ranking standards in sustainability and wellbeing. The Chotto Matte rooftop restaurant and two food and beverage outlets top and tail the building. No.2 St Michael’s comprises the tower containing the hotel, apartments plus an additional 75,000 sq ft of ofﬁce space. Bowmer and Kirkland commenced delivery of No.1 in January 2022 with completion due in 2024. Salboy’s exclusive build partner, Domis, is set to break ground on No.2 in the coming weeks, with the scheme in its entirety completing in early 2027.
Gary Neville, Director at Relentless Developments, said: “This is an extraordinary scheme that has been no less than 15 years in the making and we believe it to be the most sustainable commercial space in the city. I’d like to thank all our partners who have been with me on this journey and remained committed to the vision to transform this pivotal area of the city into a global landmark. We’ve worked so hard to create a development that is distinctive in both its imaginative design and heritage as well as its location connecting the city’s business district with the historic civic quarter. Signing a deal with two of the world’s most reputable law ﬁrms and setting a new headline rent as we launch is testament to that. Progress is now beginning to accelerate as we approach the latter stages of No.1 and we set our sights on the world-class leisure and residential elements that will be delivered for No.2.”
No.1 St Michael’s (phase one) is a joint venture between Relentless Developments and global investment ﬁrm KKR. Nicky Barker, Managing Director and Head of Asset Management at KKR Europe Real Estate, said: “We are delighted to reach this important milestone and look forward to realising the vision for the exceptional regeneration project in the heart of Manchester alongside our partner, Relentless.”