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1 The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester by Sheppard Robson

[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] Sheppard Robson has released the first official pictures of its 1 The Avenue office and flagship store building, in Manchester’s Spinningfields business district

The 5,125m² building on Deansgate, which officially opens in March, sits between the refurbished John Rylands Library (recently extended by Austin-Smith:Lord, AJ 06.09.07) and No.1 Spinningfields Square, also designed by Sheppard Robson.

Backed by developer Allied London, the £16 million building houses a restaurant and bar, an Emporio Armani store, three floors of office space and a roof terrace. The cantilevered block, featuring trapezoidal external glazing, is currently the backdrop for the BBC’s Online Dragons’ Den series.

Project data

Architects:  Sheppard Robson 
Location:  Spinningfields, Manchester 
Type Of Project:  Mixed-use (retail/office/restaurant) 
Structural Engineers:  Capita Symonds
Project Architect:  Anthony St Leger 
Design Team:  Tim Evans, Mark Dillon, Lee Bennett, Paolo Longo 
Client:  Allied London 
Funding:  Private 
Tender date:  March 2007 
Start on site date:  October 2007 
Contract duration:  2 Years 
Gross internal floor area:  5,100m²
Form of contract and/or procurement:  Design & Build  
Total cost:  £16 million     
M&e consultant:  Roger Preston & Partners 
Quantity surveyor:  Gardiner & Theobold 
Planning supervisor:  Gardiner & Theobold  
Lighting consultant:  L A P D Consultants 
Main contractor:  Bovis Lendlease 
Selected subcontractors and suppliers:  Fruh Metalbau UK
Annual co2 emissions:  BREEAM Excellent 


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