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Manchester office block already attracting interest | 12 May 2014

A new office block which is set to be built on Manchester’s Quay Street is already drawing interest from prospective tenants, according to the property firm behind the project.

At the end of last week, the city’s planning committee approved plans from Allied London to build a 20-storey tower on the Quay House site, next to MediaCityUK. The building, known as No. 1 Spinningfields, will provide around 340,000 square feet of grade A office space, thebusinessdesk.com reports.

Michael Ingall, chief executive at Allied London, was quoted by insidermedia.com as saying: “With No. 1 Spinningfields, we intend to create the most desirable office building in the UK, outside of London. Inspired by buildings from around the world, it will be a powerful statement for us and for Manchester.

“We have already had strong interest from several potential occupiers, demonstrating the strength of the Spinningfields offer and the confidence that businesses have in our ability to deliver the product they need.”

The block’s design, which was put together by renowned Manchester architect Ian Simpson, has been criticised by a number of local businesses. The Manchester Opera House’s management team, for instance, claim that the initial demolition work will cause problems for the venue’s equipment teams. It also believes that matinee performances could be affected.

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Qube Global Software. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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