Cartwright Pickard has won planning permission for this ‘completely customisable’ office scheme at Spinningfields in Manchester
The 10-storey ‘Cotton Building’ is the first in a new wave of highly flexible commercial schemes proposed for the city.
Project backer Michael Ingall, the chief executive of Allied London, launched the 22,600m² project aimed at the expanding TMT (technology, media and telecommunications) sector at last year’s MIPIM property show.
Heralded as the way forward for the ‘evolving’ Spinningfields business district, the office allows tenants to customising their lighting, heating elements, partition walls and furniture.
The ‘innovative and nimble’building features indoor gardens, a climbing wall and a ride-in bicycle ramp so that commuters can cycle in to the building from the road. The reception and foyer area will be open to the public, with a gym cafés, bars and restaurants on site.
Ingall said: ‘This structure represents the evolution of Spinningfields and workspace in Manchester. We are going to create a unique product in the market that effectively combines work and play.
‘This is not something that has been done in the city and we envision this to be the catalyst for future similar developments.’
Work is expected to start on site this spring (2014).