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Manchester Airport City reveals Bennetts-designed office

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The debut office proposal for Manchester’s £800 million Airport City – designed by Bennetts Associates Architects – has been revealed

Planned to complete in 2016, the 7,000m² scheme for developer Argent was announced at the MIPIM property summit in Cannes today (11 March).

The project is the first office scheme to be unveiled for the enormous business and leisure destination near Manchester Airport which has been masterplanned by local firm 5Plus Architects.

Bennetts’ design allows each floor to be sub-divided in four ways so the building can be let to one company or multiple tenants. The project is expected to start on site this summer.

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) chief executive for property, Lynda Shillaw, said: ‘2015 is set to be a big year for Airport City, particularly on the north site, with strong foundations laid in 2014. As well as our office scheme the next few months will see further announcements for the project.’

Argent is already working with Cartwright Pickard, AEW and FaulknerBrowns on the 465,000m² mixed use Airport City development which will also include retail and advanced manufacturing space.

The developer recently teamed up with The AJ to invite six practices to come up with innovative designs for a 1.29 hectare site at the heart of 5plus Architects’ masterplan.

The proposals by ZCD Architects, Architecture 00, Ollier smurthwaite Architects, Haus, Nord and Ben Adams Architects were revealed earlier this month.

Airport City is a joint venture between MAG, Carillion, Beijing Construction Engineering and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund. Argent has been appointed development manager for the project.

MIPIM 2015

Meet Argent boss David Partrididge at the AJ/Argent Airport City charrette exhibition on Thursday morning at The Manchester Bar (8am-9.30am) in MIPIM, Cannes.

Partridge and Argent colleague Ruairidh Jackson will join the AJ’s Rory Olcayto at the event, which showcases the charrette work featured in the current issue of the magazine.

AJ at MIPIM 2015


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