Seven practices have been shortlisted in an ideas competition to re-envisage the Richard Seifert designed Gateway House on Station Approach next to Piccadilly Station. Seifert, the British architect behind Centre Point and Tower 42, designed Gateway house in 1965 and it is estimated that up to 21million passenger pass the 6-storey 'lazy-S' builidng each year. The seven shortlisted practices are Hodder & Partners, former Woods Bagot boss Stephan Reinke, Stephenson Bell, Sheppard Robson, Aedas, Calederpeel and BDP.
Realty Estates, the land owners, have not specified that the proposals must keep the building, a move which has dismayed local campaigners who want to protect Manchester's 1960s heritage. The cost of the works could range from as little as £5million up to £100million. A winner is expected to be announced by the end of the month.
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