Manchester City Council

Sports, leisure & the Arts St Ann's Square Conservation Area

Landmark buildings

The Royal Exchange is the dominant building in the area, by virtue of its sheer bulk, but the much smaller St. Ann's Church is also a landmark building because of its contrasting form and dominant location at the southern end of the Square. Although there are other architecturally fine individual buildings, it is the relationship of them to each other as components in the street wall that dominates the area, as in other parts of the city centre.

The height of existing buildings varies between three and six storeys; generally the height of new infill buildings should respect the existing. In line with other parts of the city centre, new development proposals should generally be aligned to the back of the pavement in order to preserve the linear character of the streets.

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