Planning permission secured for Manchester Goods Yard & No 1 Grape Street

On 13 December, Manchester City Council granted full planning permission for Manchester Goods Yard & No 1 Grape Street, part of Allied London’s St. John’s development in Manchester city centre.

Chapman Taylor submitted a new application to reflect a redesign of what was formerly known as Central Village, increasing the size and mass of the buildings to accommodate new anchor tenant Booking.com. The design provides 29,000m2 of workspace, 3,000m2 of retail / commercial use and 2,600m2 of independent work studio space across four inter-linked building blocks.

Manchester Goods Yard will become the fulcrum of Enterprise City at St. John’s, a new media technology hub which will be home for a mix of start-up and multi-corporation creative industries. The ultra-modern, flexible workspaces will be supplemented by a mix of café bars, restaurants and leisure facilities, with the aim of creating a vibrant neighbourhood in which to live, work, shop and play.

Congratulations to Allied London and the whole professional team involved in achieving this planning permission. We look forward to delivering another landmark scheme in Manchester city centre.


Mark Doughty (BA (Hons) BArch)

Associate Director, Manchester

Mark joined Chapman Taylor in 2006 becoming an Associate Director in 2016. A key member of the Manchester studio’s management team, Mark has a business development remit for the office workplace sector across the UK business.

He has over 10 years’ experience and has successfully completed a number of major award winning projects across a range of sectors.

He takes an active part in the BCO and completed last year’s Cycle Challenge riding from London to Amsterdam over four days with fifty members of the BCO.

Areas of expertise:

Office / Retail / Delivery / Design Management

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