Bennetts Associates has landed the prize project of drawing up plans for the new ‘Whitehall of the North West’, in Manchester
The practice has already come up with initial ideas for the civil service campus next to Piccadilly Station which could eventually house up to 5,000 staff as part of a drive to move government jobs out of London.
Currently going through feasibility studies, the 70,000m² development is being hailed as a ‘super-green’ office project and has been set the target of achieving BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ and a rating of ‘A’ on the Energy Performance Certificate.
Practice director Julian Lipscombe said: ‘The scheme will place Government at cutting edge of workplace design and sustainability.
‘We want to capture of the campus concept with a cluster of buildings.’
Lipscombe said there were also proposals to link the development, known as the Mayfield campus, with the station - possibly by high-level bridges.
He added: ‘This is a very significant piece of central Manchester, on old railway land right next to the station. But it is cut off by some major roads and the viaduct and one of the biggest challenges will be ensuring the connectivity.’
The Government hopes to move the first civil servants on to the campus in 2014.