Plans for £70m Manchester office block
Plans for a £70m office block in the heart of Manchester have been submitted by Worthington Properties, part of the Lancashire-based Marcus Worthington Group.
The 12-storey commercial scheme will occupy a prime office location on Deansgate strategically positioned between the gateway to Spinningfields and Manchester’s civic core.
Replacing 123-127 Deansgate, it will form a key part of the wider redevelopment of Brazenose Street and Lincoln Square. Construction is expected to start in summer 2016.
Birmingham-based architecture practice, Glenn Howells Architects, which designed One St Peter’s Square and Vimto Gardens in Manchester and Salford respectively, has drawn up the scheme.
Based in Claughton-on-Brock, Marcus Worthington and Co is a leading contractor in commercial construction. The group comprises of four elements – Properties, Construction, Investment and its residential arm Hollinwood Homes.
Russell Worthington, director of Worthington Properties, said: “This BREEAM Excellent scheme will deliver 113,500 sq ft Grade A office floorplates on one of the busiest and most sought after locations in Manchester.
“It will make a welcome addition to this area of the city and will complement what is happening in Lincoln Square and its immediate surrounds.”
Niall Alcock, assistant director of planning consultant Deloitte Real Estate, said: “After a long period of relative inactivity, we are now seeing a number of commercial developments come forward to meet the strong demand for Grade A office space in the city centre.
“We expect that this demand will continue, bolstered by Manchester’s ongoing economic growth and initiatives such as the Northern Powerhouse.
Aaron Morby | Sun 20th September | Construction Enquirer