Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council is recruiting an architect for an office-led regeneration of a prominent island site on John Dalton Street, central Manchester
The winner of the estimated £500,000 contract will work with a joint venture of the council and a yet-to-be appointed development partner on a comprehensive transformation of the 0.13 hectare plot which currently contains three vacant office buildings.
The project, planned to start on site in 2019, will deliver new offices and retail units in the prominent location close to Spinningfields and the civic hub of the St Peter’s Square Town Hall and Central Library. Denton Corker Marshall Architects previously completed an initial study for an 8,360m² building on the site spread across nine storeys.
According to the brief: ‘The contracting authority wishes to procure an architect for the proposed redevelopment of the Island Site, John Dalton Street, Manchester. The contracting authority is seeking to undertake a redevelopment at the site, which will comprise offices on the upper floors and A3 uses on the ground floor.
‘The selected architect will be required to enter into an appointment agreement with the contracting authority to cover the provision of architectural services for the delivery of the project.’
Manchester is the UK’s largest regional economy with £51 billion of GDP and a population of 2.6 million. The area – dubbed by politicians as the Northern Powerhouse – represents a major administrative, financial, educational and cultural hub for the wider North West region.
Major projects within the city include a new £110 million venue known as The Factory which is being developed by OMA following a competition. Last month Purcell was meanwhile announced as the architect for a £330 million refurbishment of the Grade I-listed Manchester Town Hall.
The latest project – supported by the council acting on behalf of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund – will deliver a comprehensive redevelopment of Grange House, 5 Ridgefield and Old Colony House on John Dalton Street (pictured).
The three separate buildings together represent 5,100m² of commercial space but are considered no longer being suitable for modern occupier requirements. Grange House is six-storey office block constructed in the 1960s which features four retail units and an underground car park.
Old Colony House is stone-fronted steel frame structure featuring seven storeys of offices and two restaurant units while 5 Ridgefield is an early 1980s building three storeys of offices and a basement.
Architects bidding for the appointment must demonstrate experience of city centre office design and the technical skills, capacity and financial resources to design and deliver the project. An understanding of the Manchester office market will also be required.
The deadline for applications is midday on 25 September.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
Guardsman Tony Downes House
5 Manchester Road
Tel: +44 1613017203