Nord’s Royal Exchange Square plans approved
June 26 2013
The Nord designed mixed use scheme incorporates three key elements; namely a street level arcade, retail and leisure plinth and a 96 bedroom hotel slab. A rooftop bar would be located on the 11th floor of this block to take advantage of panoramic views.
More controversially the scheme would entail modification to a number of A-listed buildings and the demolition of a B-listed terrace at South Exchange Court, all in the heart of the central conservation area, although the barrel vaulted basement of the latter would be retained for use as a bar.
Richard Brown, executive director of development and regeneration, said: “In terms of impact on Royal Exchange Square, the development will not be visible from the primary vista of the Gallery of Modern Art viewed along Ingram Street.
"Whilst the hotel block will be visible from limited local vantage points, in particular, the corner of Ingram Street and Queen Street, its design is considered to be of suitable high quality and will add another layer of urban form as currently exists on the north side of Royal Exchange Square.
"On balance, it is accepted that the proposals will deliver significant benefits to economic growth as well as significant benefits to the wider community which outweigh the substantial demolition and façade retention of the ‘B’ listed buildings at 1-3 Royal Exchange Court."
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