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Grand designs of Giggs and Neville.

Byline: Press Association newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk

FOOTBALL stars Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have unveiled plans for their multimillion-pound Manchester city centre development which aims to deliver "a true architectural statement" for the city.

The St Michael's development - formerly known as Jackson's Row - includes two skyscrapers, with Neville promising more than 1,000 jobs at the "destination" for residents and visitors.

The 700,000 sq ft scheme includes a 200-bed five-star hotel, 153 apartments, 135,000 sq ft of Grade A offices and a synagogue.

The former Manchester United stars said they also wanted to include 14,000 sq ft of public space in the plans.

Former England full-back Neville, 41, speaking at Manchester Town Hall, said he wanted the development to become the new landmark in Manchester.

"Our wish is for St Michael's to become the premier destination in the city that people come to enjoy all year round."

He said the development came about in a case of "connecting the dots" after police moved out of Bootle Street police station and the Reform synagogue was looking to provide new facilities for its congregation.

He said: "We are excited about what is in front of us. We will breathe new life into the area of the city. We have got confidence in this city. It's a wonderfully central location which drives the product.

It's where we live, it's where we love."

Plans will be submitted in September.

The project hit the news in the winter when Neville allowed around 30 homeless men to squat in one of the old buildings on the site, the Grade II-listed former stock exchange building.

The site will also include 30,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, including two new sky bars/restaurants in the 31-storey Number One St Michael's, while Number Two St Michael's will be a 21-storey office tower.

The development was designed by Make Architects, which has delivered some of the most prominent buildings in the country. Neville, who is director of Jackson's Row Developments, said: "Our vision is to deliver the biggest statement in architecture and development that Manchester has seen in modern times."

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Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville unveil their skyscraper plans

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