In association with Benoy architects, Virtual Planit produced visually verified photomontages and CGIs of ASKs new proposals for First Street South. Consisting of a 20 storey residential tower, hotel, supermarket and retail stores this scheme will be one of the prime gateways into Manchester.
ASK’s proposals represent an opportunity to deliver transformational change to a critical regeneration area in Manchester City Centre. The development will offer many benefits including:
■ Significant investment in the area transforming the image of the site and its surroundings and will facilitate the expansion of the City Centre environment further into the First Street area. In addition and alongside the proposals for First Street North, the proposals will kick start the next stage of development at First Street which is to become the heart and focus of a distinctive new mixed use office led neighbourhood fundamental to the economy of the Regional Centre and wider City Region
■ Creation of a new food store, to serve an identified need for those people working, living and studying in the area and which will attract additional uses and occupiers which would otherwise not be drawn to the area
■ Design of the highest quality – the development will be truly mixed use and therefore sustainable in this City Centre location
■ Creation of a new hotel and student accommodation, which will encourage visitors and increase activity in the area
■ Creation of new public spaces which will be programmed with events and activities
■ Increased permeability throughout the neighbourhood, enhancing the gateway status of the site and strengthening connectivity with adjoining areas of economic activity, encouraging further investment in these areas.