Granada Television HQ, designed by Ralph Tubbs in 1962, is a Manchester landmark. Following ITV’s move to MediaCity, we were asked to redesign the building as part of the new St John’s masterplan.
We were keen to respect its architectural significance and the iconic geometric façade will be restored with hotel rooms behind, many of which will have panoramic views. The television studios remain, creating unique event and performance spaces. A bar will sit above the hotel, within a new glowing glass box to replace the studio sign. A new building adjacent will also provide serviced apartments and offices, featuring a heated rooftop swimming pool and a series of glazed bridges linking back to the existing Granada Television HQ building. Finally, The M1, an aptly named thoroughfare for scenery and props behind the studios, will be reappropriated as a place for shopping and leisure.
For more details, read our Project Story.
Reinventing a Manchester icon to create a unique development: a hotel, bar, event space, offices and homes in a new city district.