Inside Manchester’s £300m city centre overhaul


A major mixed-use development in Manchester valued at nearly £300 million has been approved. 

Great Northern scheme
Credit: Trilogy Real Estate
by Rory ButlerFebruary 20, 2023

Joint venture (JV) Trilogy Real Estate in London and Hong Kong-based Peterson Group will deliver the transformational Great Northern scheme across a historic six-acre site in the city. 

The new neighbourhood will comprise up to 1.5 million sq ft of office, leisure, retail and residential development, built over five years, with the Great Northern Warehouse at its heart.  

It forms part of Manchester City Council’s Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF). 

Scope of works  

Deansgate Terrace 

  • 30,000 sq ft of commercial space 
  • A new walkway to the Warehouse, named Dean Street 

Leisure Box 

  • Redeveloped for three residential buildings (34, 27 and two-storeys) 
  • 746 apartments (one, two, and three-bed) 
  • Existing foundations and basement retained 
  • 2,000-sqm private courtyard 
  • External terraces 

Deansgate Mews  

  • Retained – with improved access 
  • Independent business spaces 
  • Community facilities 

Great Northern Square 

  • A biodiverse amenity space for residents, workers and visitors 
  • The focus for new pedestrian routes  
  • Main events space 
  • A free sandpit play area 

A new street named Alport Street, for the Alport Town district historically located on the site, will be installed, connecting Deansgate and Watson Street. 


  • SimpsonHaugh 
  • Planit-IE 

Works are expected to begin in 2024.    

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