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Proposed new Manchester workspaces given the go-ahead

Plans to build new workspaces across Manchester have moved a step closer after being given the green light.

Bruntwood and Allied London were both granted approval for mixed-use schemes in the city at yesterday’s (9 March) planning committee meeting.

A new 20,000 sq ft, three-storey office building (pictured above) with 48 surface car parking spaces will be developed by Bruntwood on the site of the Siemens Campus in South Manchester.

The building, along with 92 new homes by PJ Livesey Group, will form the first phase of a wider vision for the Princess Parkway site in West Didsbury. It will sit alongside the Siemens headquarters and the £65 million Spire Manchester Hospital which opened in January this year.

 

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The Siemens Campus with proposed commercial buildings superimposed. Copyright of Bruntwood

 

Bruntwood is working with architects Sheppard Robson and landscape architects Planit-IE to deliver three new office buildings overall, creating a total of 155,000 sq ft of Grade A office space with a mixture of surface and multi-storey parking.

The workspace will be aimed at professional services, life sciences and technology firms.

Chris Roberts, Bruntwood’s development director, says: “Due to the strategic location of the site and its proximity to Corridor Manchester there is the ability to support strong research connections with the universities and the city.

“Our aspiration for the site is to create a significant place for employment to help with continued growth of the city region. With planning now approved for phase one, the intention is that the commercial campus will be fully developed and occupied by 2020.”

 

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Allied London’s Manchester Goods Yard was approved

 

Meanwhile Allied London’s Manchester Goods Yard (MGY) complex was also given the go-ahead by Manchester City Council.

Construction is due to commence on the project in September, which will be situated at the centre of the developer’s mew St. John’s neighbourhood.

Michael Ingall, chief executive of Allied London, says: “Manchester Goods Yard will be a cluster for forward-thinking companies; it is designed to be a combination of workspace and act as a central village, designed for companies in the technology, media and telecommunications industries who care about community as much as corporate.

“MGY will be flexible, dynamic and inherently collaborative. Its structural DNA – a series of interlacing buildings linked by bridges – is designed to encourage the sharing of ideas, imitating a collegiate concept”.

Designed by Cartwright Pickard Architects, MGY will be made up by four blocks interconnected at the upper levels, and will incorporate features including a top floor event space and a rooftop sports court for tenants.

Double-height ground floor commercial units will also aim to attract cafes, artisan restaurants and bars.