Developer Allied London has unveiled plans to construct an innovative office tower at Spinningfields, Manchester.
Locally named i+, the development is estimated to cost £14 million to construct and is expected to be 160,000 sq ft spread across seven floors.
Allied London , the UK Developer has launched plans to build a brand new seven storey office tower in the northwest, right in the hear of Manchester.
The Spinningfields site will be 160,000 sq ft of prime grade A office space and has been designed to house media and tech industries exclusively. According to the firm’s chief executive Mike Ingall the i+ tower will be like “seven warehouses on top of each other” on Hardman Boulevard.
Speaking at the MIPIM property convention in Cannes this week, Mr Ingall explained that for this development Allied London took inspiration from the industrial revolution in that each floor of the new tower will be built with just a concrete ceiling and floor – he said potential tenants would then be able to use the blank canvas space as they saw fit.
He added that at four metres high each floor would also be taller than usual office floors to allow for the bespoke datacentres, heating, telecommunications rack etc which are usually needed by the high-tech firms.
The new i+ tower will be built opposite the RBS building at the end of Spinningfields near to Salford Central Station and will offer floor plates of around 22,000 sq ft each. Construction is expected to begin on the tower at the beginning of next year and rents starting at £14 per sq ft are expected.
The development is to be launched in early 2014, Mr Ingall hopes i+ will help to provide media and tech firms with an alternative to boring traditional office space in a city which has usually been designed with businesses in the financial industry in mind. He commented: “Manchester has to get a market for the TMT sector. We have designed a building with ultimate flexibility. A tenant could take one floor or two floors, but the important thing is each floor can operate as a separate entity. The tenant decides what he pays because he decides the services.”