£1bn vision for former ITV site revealed


Plans for the £1 billion redevelopment of the former ITV site on Quay Street have been unveiled today.

The area surrounding Granada Studios - where Granada Reports and Coronation Street used to be based - is earmarked for a radical transformation, under plans due to be signed off by the council’s executive this week.

They include:

  • A major cultural venue as the focal point

  • A network of creative businesses built along narrow streets

  • Up to 3000 new apartments

  • A new 'event' hotel in the old ITV headquarters

  • A series of 'elegant' new towers

Artist's impression of St Johns Quarter Credit: Manchester Evening News

By 2022 developers Allied London - who built Spinningfields - plan to have created an entirely new city centre village, called the St John’s Quarter.

The masterplan looks at the ITV site itself, but extends as far as the Museum of Science and Industry and the Marriott Hotel on Water Street.

The result will be an ‘intimate’ low-rise village of offices, shops, restaurants and flats, created around its existing warehouses.