Plans unveiled for £140m office scheme capable of supporting 1,400 jobs

CGI of Colloco

A planning application for a £140m highly sustainable 200,000 sq ft office scheme in the centre of Manchester is about to be submitted by HBD.

The development, Colloco, in the St John’s district, is targeting the highest levels of sustainability credentials including net zero carbon, a BREEAM Excellent Rating and is targeting a 5.5-star accreditation for NABERS UK.

It will also be compliant with British Council for Offices standards and include a host of amenities aligned with the WELL building standards.

Located at the edge of Spinningfields and the St John’s district, the 16-storey building will front onto the corner of New Quay Street and Gartside Street. EPR Architects has designed the building to reflect the rich industrial heritage of the area.

The site was formerly home to the LTE Group’s Manchester College before it relocated to its new campus last year.

During the construction phase, 850 construction jobs will be created per annum and once operational, Colloco has the capacity to create approximately 1,400 employment roles.

Colloco will comprise high quality flexible workspace across all levels with spaces designed to foster collaboration and innovation.

A roof pavilion will feature breakout and events space and access to a landscaped garden terrace with views across the city. A cycle storage facility with E-bike charge points and showers will be available for occupiers.

The imminent submission of planning for this latest major development comes as HBD is midway through the development of Island, a 100,000 sq ft net zero carbon, smart enabled Grade A office scheme on John Dalton Street in Manchester.

Adam Brady, executive director at HBD, said: “We’re very proud to be bringing forward Colloco, which will provide a future-facing workspace solution in the post-COVID era.

“We wanted to create a building that provides a positive impact to Manchester’s thriving community but one which also meets the needs of a modern and progressive work culture. Colloco is a completely different prospect to the sterile and corporate offices of yesteryear.”

The project team includes Arcadis EPR Architects, Asteer Planning Curtins Hoare Lea and Ramboll.

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