Two of Manchester United’s former greats have shown they have hearts by allowing a group of homeless people to stay in a building they own for the winter. Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville are partners in a project to transform Manchester’s redundant Stock Exchange into a plush hotel.
Renovation work on the building is due to start in February, but a group of squatters have already moved into the empty building. Human rights campaigner Wesley Hall told reporters that he had spoken with Gary Neville and the group had been given permission to stay until the building work starts.
Mr Hall said one of the site’s developers had given him the phone and Mr Neville said it was okay for the group to remain as long as they took care of the building and did not cause any damage. He said a home for winter when you have been living on the streets is a godsend.
He continued by saying when you are homeless and not eating nourishing meals your body is vulnerable and you can get sick easily. He explained that when you have a roof over your head life seems better and support such as that provided by the one-time Manchester United greats is a real boon.
The Stock Exchange is a Grade II listed structure and cost Giggs and Neville £1.5 million. They have already got planning permission to turn it into a 35-bedroom boutique hotel. It will have a restaurant on the ground floor, a rooftop patio, a spa and a fitness centre.