Green light for office element of £210m city centre development

CGI of Premier House scheme

Planning permission has been granted for a city centre scheme that will form part of a £210m redevelopment of the Renaissance site on Deansgate, in Manchester.

Manchester City Council has given Property Alliance Group and Starwood Capital the green light for the new office building project, comprising a 50,000 sq ft, five-storey Grade A office.

Designed by Jon Matthews Architects, the new office, which will be called Renaissance, fronts Deansgate and will dramatically transform the streetscape, which links to the Cathedral, AO Arena, and Manchester’s main shopping area.

Providing four floors of contemporary office suites, each around 8,000 to 9,000 sq ft, the communal amenities will include a roof terrace, wellbeing studio, bicycle store, shower and changing facilities.

Works on the commercial element are due to commence in the first quarter of 2023 and property agents, OBI, have been appointed on the design, with OBI and JLL instructed to bring the commercial space to market.

The wider masterplan being brought forward by Alliance will complete the redevelopment of the city district affected by the 1996 IRA bomb attack.

Plans include a 224-room Treehouse hotel with panoramic restaurant and rooftop bar and 300 luxury residential apartments encompassing comprehensive amenity space and riverside gardens.

Alex Russell, Property Alliance Group CEO, said: “Collaboration and a lot of hard work has got us to this important stage of the masterplan for this prominent part of the city. This project is so important to us and the city, which demands best-in-class for design and amenities to maximise its riverside location. We cannot wait to relaunch this vibrant and engaging destination for the city’s residents and visitors.”

Will Lewis founder of OBI, said “Renaissance is an exciting new product for the Manchester office market. New build office development of this nature is unique, as it enables both large corporates seeking a self-contained HQ and SMEs to take space on a floor-by-floor basis.

“The building will boast an array of high quality amenities including a vibrant ground floor coffee offering, wellbeing space and a stunning roof terrace and pavilion.”

James Devany, director at JLL, said “With Manchester continuing to see strong levels of take up and increased levels of inward investment, it’s important the city has a strong pipeline of market leading office space.

“The office space at Renaissance will cater for that demand and has been designed with sustainability and health and wellbeing at its core. It is going to be a transformational project for the city, with the office element being intrinsically linked to both the hotel and residential elements of the scheme.”

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