First refurbished building in the UK to achieve special wellness status

Manchester’s Bauhaus has become the UK’s first refurbished building to be awarded the WELL Gold status which aims to improve the wellness of its occupants.

Orchard Street Investment Management’s Bauhaus Office scheme, located between Manchester’s Spinningfields and St. John’s district ,  achieved the accreditation by sustainability and wellness certifier, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).

It makes Bauhaus the only refurbished building in the UK to have received the accreditation, and just one of only three UK buildings in total, following its comprehensive upgrade by Orchard Street.

Orchard Street acquired Bauhaus in 2013, and subsequently completed a full refurbishment of the nine-storey building which focused on optimising the occupier experience both through improving the sustainability and wellbeing credentials of the building, and creating a robust digital infrastructure platform, the latter of which led to the building being awarded a ‘Platinum’ certification for its digital connectivity by WiredScore.

Sarah O’Connell, Asset Manager at Orchard Street Investment Management, said: “The significant refurbishment of Bauhaus provided us with an opportunity to deliver a prime office asset at the cutting-edge of health and wellness driven design, something increasingly in demand from occupiers who are evaluating their post-pandemic space requirements.

That this building has achieved a WELL Gold status – and is the first refurbished building in the UK to do so – is testament to these sustainability and wellbeing credentials, and aligns with Orchard Street’s wider Responsible Investment policy, which places ESG considerations at the heart of its approach to investment.”

CBRE, Colliers International and OBI Property are joint leasing agents on the scheme.