Peel unveils £9m vision for MediaCityUK’s ‘The Victoria’

Proposals for the reburbishment

One of MediaCityUK’s most photographed office buildings, ‘The Victoria’, is undergoing a major refurb and has repositioned itself simply as ‘The Vic’, to reflect a more modern, flexible and people-focused design ethos.

Investing in a £9m transformation of the 115,000 sq ft building and its external spaces, Peel Land & Property is pitching The Vic as one of the most desirable and ‘chilled-out’ waterside office locations in Greater Manchester.

With a focus on health, wellbeing and mindfulness, The Vic has been redesigned to appeal to the needs of the modern occupier looking for spaces to serve a range of working styles.

Designed around themes of collaboration, creativity, relaxation and healthy living, The Vic will offer areas for exercise, socialising and lush, green, outdoor spaces to promote calm and quiet contemplation, all against the backdrop of a tranquil waterside setting.

Newly-added on-site amenities include a bike store, locker and shower scheme, an enhanced ‘Bean’ café and dedicated spaces for Yoga and Pilates.

Tim Taylor, leasing manager for Peel L&P, said: “The Vic is a complete rethink of one of our largest and most prominent buildings in MediaCityUK.

“The well-documented evidence that workspaces need to serve the ever-changing attitudes of the modern occupier inspired us to evolve the proposition for the building to one that is more relaxed and fluid in its design.

“We also wanted people to connect more with the calming influence of natural landscaping and water.”

He added: “We’ve included little touches like outdoor breakfast bars on the waterside terrace, meaning you will be able to grab a coffee from Bean and work in the fresh air, connected to the WiFi, whilst overlooking a lush, green, waterside setting.

“There’s not a lot of places in Greater Manchester where you can do that, so we’re excited about our plans and we think it will prove popular with businesses who care about the wellbeing of their staff.”

Using the latest research and stats on wellbeing, which reveal that people who can see a green environment from their workspace are healthier and more productive, Peel L&P has transformed and repositioned The Vic to support the ultimate healthy work-life balance.

Tim added: “More health and wellbeing initiatives are planned for the next phases of The Vic and will be revealed as we get closer to the launch in March 2019.

Plans for the covered walkway

“This is just one of the developments in the pipeline for an ever-growing and evolving MediaCityUK portfolio.”

As well as being on the doorstep of the Harbour City Metrolink stop, The Vic will also offer a connecting enclosed walkway to a secure multi-storey car park with generous parking, meaning visitors and staff are sheltered from the elements as soon as they reach the location, either by bike or car.