New images show £70m Rylands development plan

4th April 2023 | Jack Oliver

Architecture company Jeffrey Bell + Company has unveiled renders of what new developments at Manchester’s iconic Rylands building could look like.

Global real-estate investment firm AM Alpha is set to redevelop the Grade II listed former Debenhams building into a mixed-use development site comprising retail, leisure and office space.

The former state of the Rylands building / AM Alpha

Originally built as a warehouse, the building on the corner of Market Street and High Street later saw use as a department store until Debenhams’ collapse in 2021 saw its closure.

The refurbishment will include redevelopment of the existing business and conversion of the upper floors into high-quality office space. The ground floor will see the development of a shopping arcade.

Work on the site is expected to begin in the coming weeks with completion expected in early 2025.

Construction company Russell WBHO is acting as a construction partner for the project while property companies OBI and Barker Proudlove are letting agents for the building.


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