Developers are hoping to re-imagine this forgotten corner of Lever Street

Soller Group is planning a mixed-use office space for the corner of Lever Street and Great Ancoats Street.

By Emma Davidson | Last updated 1 November 2022

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Real estate developer, Soller Group, is holding a public consultation event on Wednesday 2nd November for its city-centre development proposals – inviting you to comment on its proposals to develop a prominent site on the corner of Lever Street and Great Ancoats Street.

The proposed heritage-led scheme seeks to transform the existing site into a brand-new c.100,000 sq ft office led mixed-use development through a combination of sensitive retention and restoration of historic buildings, and the addition of a contemporary new building set back from Lever Street.

The developer is hoping to create a community hub, restaurant and bar offering in the restored ground floor buildings, and offices above designed to cater for creative businesses as they grow in the NQ. Currently as creative companies expand they are being forced out of the NQ due to a lack of modern office space.

Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, the scheme also hopes to promote economic benefits, including the potential to generate 800 direct jobs in the city and a predicted annual GVA contribution of £60m to the Greater Manchester economy.

It is intended that, following the public consultation and review of feedback, a planning application will then be submitted in early Spring 2023.

Soller’s CEO, Nick Treadaway, commented: “We’re very much looking forward to meeting with the general public and listening to their views on our proposals.”

“This is a very complex site presenting many design challenges both from a heritage and massing point of view. It has been our priority to develop these plans sensitively and respectfully, ensuring that the end result provides a modern building which sits sympathetically within its surroundings.”

Members of the development team will be at the consultation event, which takes place on Wednesday 2nd November between 4pm and 7pm at Huckletree, The Express Building, 9 Great Ancoats Street.