Property development firm release three new proposals for controversial Northern Quarter plot

  • Salboy releases three new options for Shudehill/Back Turner Street plot
  • Locals are given the opportunity to provide feedback

Property development firm Salboy have released three new proposals for a plot on Shudehill after their original plans were refused by the council earlier this year. 

The previous proposals for a 13-storey Zoku hotel were refused by Manchester City Council’s planning committee despite recommendations from planning officers to approve them. 

Billionaire Fred Done’s company has now come up with three different options for the plot covering the High Street and Back Turner Street in the Northern Quarter with the help of architect Jon Mathews. 

The first option sees the warehouse which currently sits on the plot demolished and replaced with an 11-storey glass tower facing Shudehill as well as a six-storey brick building facing the High Street. 

Salboy's Option 1 for Back Turner Street Manchester
Option 1 (Image courtesy of Salboy)


The second option adds another storey to the glass block and pushes the brick building away from the curb to make space for an outdoor communal area. 

Salboy's Option 2 for Back Turner Street Manchester
Option 2 (Image courtesy of Salboy)


The final option would see Salboy keeping the existing warehouse and building the glass block around it, taking it up to 16-storeys. It also keeps the communal area. 

Salboy's Option 3 for Back Turner Street Manchester
Option 3 (Image courtesy of Salboy)


Reactions the plans have so far been mixed with some people taking to Twitter to voice their opinions. Some feel these new builds don’t fit with the Northern Quarter’s character or heritage and look out of place. 

Northern Quarter residents have previously called for better protection of historical buildings such as the Back Turner Street warehouse which they believe are being allowed to get into states of disrepair making way for large developers to demolish them and replace them with something new. 

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Back Turner St Warehouse


The BetFred owner’s property company had previously come under fire after it planned to demolish the warehouse without consulting local residents or elected councillors. 

The Shudehill plot is one of many Salboy developments within the city. The map below shows the company’s other developments. 

They are now encouraging people to give feedback on the new plans by emailing [email protected] before the 8th December.