New beginnings: the neighbourhood of St John’s is born in Manchester

Buildings view from sky
The redesigned area that used to house Manchester’s Granada TV will form St John’s – a new mixed-use neighbourhood for the growing northern city
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A brand new neighbourhood has been in the making in Manchester on the former site of the Granada TV headquarters, courtesy of award winning developers Allied London and Manchester City Council. St John’s will span residential and commercial buildings, as well as plenty of public realm and green spaces in a masterplan designed by Simpson Haugh and Partners. Hotels, art and leisure are also planned to be incorporated in this ambitious scheme, set to be completed by 2019.

Geraghty Taylor Architects has been working on the interiors and the firm has just revealed its designs for the first two residential areas within St John's. Named South Village and St John’s Place Tower (and also known as ‘Village and Sky’, explains the developer), these two communities have been designed with a contemporary, yet village-like feel.

'We work from the premise of Brand before Building,' says the firm’s co-founder Brendan Geraghty. 'That means we want to fully understand our client’s brand and create or develop the story behind any project we approach. Architecture is not just about bricks and mortar; it is about facilitating communities, lives and neighbourhoods and creating the brand and culture to support that.'

Each of these two buildings has its own personality – the design at South Village is more craft-based, working with exposed materials; while the Tower ‘is inspired by mid-century classic design’, explains David Drews, St John’s' head of design.

Sales at South Village and St John’s Place Tower will open to the public in September 2016, while full completion is planned in 2018 for the former and 2019 for the latter.

54 storey tower at St John’s

Built to a masterplan by Simpson Haugh and Partners, St John's will include two dedicated residential buildings, South Village and St John’s Place Tower

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Interior of the building

Geraghty Taylor Architects has been working on the project's interiors – the firm has just released its vision for these first two residential builds

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Classic mid-century design

The Tower draws on classic mid-century design references...

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Interior is craft-based, used exposed materials

... while at South Village the design is more craft-based, using exposed materials

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Living room of the building

Sales at South Village and St John’s Place Tower will open to the public in September 2016

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For more information, visit the Geraghty Taylor Architects website

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).