The practice, which recently moved its Manchester office to a larger studio in nearby Dale Street, was appointed by developer CEG for the project to replace a 1970s office block at 20-36 High Street.
The 32,800m² scheme will provide 361 homes as well as shops and leisure facilities. It will replace mostly vacant offices across two buildings on the site, the larger of the pair designed by local practice Leach Rhodes Walker.
FCBS Studios partner Alex Whitbread said: ’Our design will create a grand mansion block at the corner of High Street and Church Street where the Northern Quarter and the city centre retail quarter meet.
’The architecture refers to the city’s past, drawing on the adjacent Debenhams and historic office buildings such as Sunlight House to create a new building which is distinctly and proudly Mancunian. The use of light ivory-white glazed ceramic tiles will also create a building that is light in colour and reflective in character.’
FCBS has also designed proposals to relocate market stalls on Church Street to new accommodation offering indoor and outdoor areas next to the nearby Church Street car park.
CEG head of strategic development in the North David Hodgson said: ’This is an exciting regeneration opportunity, delivering a design that is befitting of this gateway site and reflects the High Street’s former vibrancy and importance in the city.
’By reopening the historic Stationer’s Court as a covered plaza, we can enhance pedestrian access between the High Street and Northern Quarter and provide a light-filled covered space to eat, drink and shop, enjoying views of the large feature tree planting we are proposing on Birchin Lane.’
FCB Studios High Street Manchester proposals – existing site
Location 20-36 High Street
Type of project Mixed-Use (predominantly residential)
Architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Landscape architect Re-form
Planning consultant Deloitte
Structural engineer WSP
M&E consultant Hoare Lea
Quantity surveyor RPS
Transport planner Mott MacDonald
Fire engineering Design Fire Consultants
Gross internal floor area 32,800m²
FCB Studios High Street Manchester proposals – Stationer’s Court 01