St John's, Manchester

St John's is a proposed £1 bn development of a 6 hectare plot within central Manchester, England.[1][2] The site is being developed by Manchester Quays Ltd (MQL), a partnership between Manchester City Council and Allied London.[3]

St John's
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St John's Gardens within St John's, Manchester
St John's is located in Greater Manchester
St John's
St John's
Location within Greater Manchester
OS grid referenceSJ8318898056
• London163 miles (263 km) SE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Dialling code0161
PoliceGreater Manchester
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Greater Manchester
53°28′44″N 2°15′17″W / 53.478958°N 2.254783°W / 53.478958; -2.254783Coordinates: 53°28′44″N 2°15′17″W / 53.478958°N 2.254783°W / 53.478958; -2.254783


The new Granada Hotel will have a red neon sign similar to the original TV station

The development will see up to 2,500 homes, up to 600,000 sq ft of workspace, mostly aimed at creative industries, (80,000 sq ft of this via refurbishment of the Bonded Warehouse), up to 400,000 sq ft of leisure space, incorporating some of the existing entertainment and studio buildings.[4] The development will be on the former site of Granada Studios but it will extend as far as the Museum of Science and Industry and the Marriott Hotel on Water Street.[1]

SimpsonHaugh and Partners are behind the masterplan which will also see two fifty storey towers and three hotels, including the Granada Hotel incorporating the iconic red neon 'Granada TV' sign.[5][6]

The FactoryEdit

The development will feature a new £110 million theatre and arts venue called The Factory. Its name comes from Factory Records, the independent record label founded by the late Tony Wilson. The flexible space will provide a permanent home to the Manchester International Festival.[7][8]

The £9.5m design contracts were put out to tender in July 2015.[9] The successful company named by the council in November 2015 was the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) with its lead designer Rem Koolhaas.[10][11][12]

The entire space will cover 13,000 square meters and will be flexible enough to accommodate combined audiences of up to 7,000, although it is envisaged that it will operate mainly as a 1,600-seat theatre space plus a 5,000-capacity warehouse space.[13][14]

The opening ceremony is planned for the end of 2019.[14]


  1. ^ a b ITV report (27 October 2014). "£1bn vision for former ITV site revealed". ITV News Granada Reports. Manchester. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  2. ^ Press release (22 July 2015). "Building excitement as plans for world class arts space The Factory Manchester develop". Manchester City Council. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  3. ^ Thompson, Dan (27 September 2013). "Granada Studios site sold in £26.5m deal". Manchester Evening News. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  4. ^ Swettenham, Jessica (27 October 2014). "Allied submits £1bn St Johns masterplan". Place Northwest. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  5. ^ Schofield, Jonathan (23 June 2015). "REVEALED | Two Fifty Storey Towers Coming To Manchester". Manchester Confidential. Confidential Direct. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  6. ^ Jupp, Adam (24 June 2015). "Allied London reveals plans for St John's quarter former Granada Studios site". Manchester Evening News. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  7. ^ Sherwin, Adam (29 July 2015). "The Factory project: New £110m arts venue named after Tony Wilson's Factory Records to open in Manchester". The Independent. Archived from the original on 24 May 2022. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  8. ^ Williams, Jennifer (22 July 2015). "Manchester's £110m Factory Theatre takes a big step forward with architects set to be appointed". Manchester Evening News. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  9. ^ Clark, Tim (27 July 2015). "Manchester seeks architect for £110m The Factory venue". Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  10. ^ admin (26 November 2015). "The Factory Manchester arts building". e-architect. World Architecture. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  11. ^ Brown, Mark (25 November 2015). "Rem Koolhaas wins Factory design project as Manchester goes Dutch". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  12. ^ Staff writer (November 2015). "Images". Bolton & Quinn. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  13. ^ "The Factory". Manchester Quays Ltd (MQL). Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  14. ^ a b Manchester City Council (July 2016). Executive meeting: 16. Updated Draft St Johns Strategic regeneration framework and Factory Manchester (Report). Manchester City Council. p. 10. Retrieved 22 July 2016. Pdf.

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