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Allied London reveals ‘significant expansion’ idea for Enterprise City

Plans for a new concept building leading to a “significant expansion” of Manchester’s Enterprise City have been revealed by Allied London.

The developer announced its ideas for ‘Enterprise City Campus’ at MIPIM yesterday (15 March), along with details of its new ‘ABC’ project aimed at film, TV, media and tech companies.

According chief executive Michael Ingall, Allied London has been working with architect practice Child Graddon Lewis (CGL) to come up with Enterprise City Campus, which he describes as “a 500,000 sq ft integrated series of buildings that could be a new tech and media campus for Manchester”.

He adds: “At this stage it’s only a concept but could lead to a significant extension of Enterprise City – it’s the difference between 10 and 15 thousand workers.

“The building, if developed, would be an extension of Enterprise City and would be adjacent to the new Factory arts centre and replace a part of the Trinity Islands development, deliberately designed for modern industry, and have a real purpose focussed on inward investment for enterprising businesses.”

Allied London also told the international property exhibition in Cannes of its plans to refurbish, re-adapt and re-name the former Astley and Byrom House building to ABC, which will form an integral part of its Enterprise City community at St John’s.

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The cluster of three 1960s buildings has been empty for nearly 10 years and was earmarked for demolition by its former owners, but the developer is now planning to enhance its original architectural features with the help of Levitt Bernstein.

Ingall says: “Diversity is at the heart of our Enterprise City brand and it’s driving a tech, media and creative agenda at St John’s that includes a wide range of commercial uses, especially those around TV and filmmaking.

“The ABC buildings, once restored to their 60s ethos and enhanced with an advanced tech infrastructure, will make powerful additions to our Enterprise City vision.”