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Sep 9, 2021
Julia Hatmaker Nearly eight months after being rejected, the £90m office project is back and ready for Manchester City Council to consider again. Aegon Asset Management’s application is essentially the same as the original, only with more justifications to back up why it shouldn’t be refused – just as Place North West reported would be the case in August . Planning consultant CBRE told Place at the time that all options were considered after the initial refusal of the scheme, but the resubmission was deemed to be the best tactic. “We fully support the original scheme design, which was the result of a comprehensive and rigorous design process,” said Harry Bolton, director at CBRE. “We are therefore now focused on a resubmission, and we are seeking to provide additional justification for this scheme rather than revisiting it in its entirety.” The Speakers House scheme seeks to take down the 1960s block on the corner of Deansgate and St Mary’s Gate. In its place, Aegon would build a Sheppard Robson-designed office building spanning 135,000 sq ft over 17 storeys. The initial plans had been recommended for approval by Manchester City Council planning officers, only to be refused by the council over concerns that it would negatively impact the St Ann’s Square Conservation Area and the residents of No. 1 Deansgate.