Architect expands Manchester base with office move

Jactin House

Architecture practice Falconer Chester Hall has expanded its office space at its Manchester studio with a move to Jactin House in Ancoats, following a period of growth.

Moving from The Lightwell, Brown Street, to a fully-serviced office on the second floor of Jactin House, Hood Street, has provided a state-of-the art open plan working environment with the opportunity for future growth, while also creating a space with the latest COVID-19 government guidance.

Gareth Jones, associate director and lead of the Manchester studio at Falconer Chester Hall, said: “The office move is a key part of our strategic growth plan and enables us to meet the demand for our services.

“It’s been an exciting time over the last 12 months, despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented.

“We are committed to Manchester and the surrounding area.”

The practice has a number of large-scale projects under way in Manchester including:

  • Bengal Street – a mixed use commercial and residential development for The Northern Group – due for completion 2021
  • Dale Street – a mixed use scheme for Kamani Group due to complete end of Summer 2020
  • Manchester Waters – five residential buildings for X1 Developments on Pomona Island
  • Dock 5, Ordsall – one of the largest PRS schemes in the North West for ForViva due for completion in 2023

Mr Jones said: “The new office space allows us to provide a better environment for our team and we’ve had an open dialogue with the team regarding the move, our COVID-19 policy and the new offices provide a great, safe environment.

“Working remotely has not been without its challenges, everyone’s worked extremely hard over the last few months and it will be great to have the team back together.

“Jactin House offers a collaborative environment to work in, a vibrant part of Manchester – Ancoats.”

He added: “We are encouraging our team to cycle in where possible and will continue to consult with them regarding flexible working hours.”