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The scheme will feature a rooftop terrace overlooking the town hall. Credit: via M&G

Ask kicks off £11.5m Manchester office refurb 

Rebranded as Aviary, the redevelopment of M&G’s 112,000 sq ft 58 Mosley Street will major on sustainability.

Ask Real Estate has been appointed as development manager for the £11.5m project, a scheme the company say pushes the envelope when it comes to office refurbishments.

“This project reflects a responsible and balanced approach to development by substantially refurbishing an existing office building,” said Jamie Hills, development director at Ask Real Estate.

“Throughout the design process, we have challenged the status quo on building amenity, wellbeing, and environmental credentials and believe Aviary will be well placed to meet the demands of the modern workforce.”

Aviary is aiming to be net zero carbon in operation and is targeting a NABERS 5-star rating in addition to a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification.

M&G’s decision to refurbish 58 Mosley Street rather than demolish and rebuild, will produce around 69% less carbon emissions, the firm said.

The investor acquired the building for close to £50m in 2022.

Main contractor TSK is on site delivering the project, dubbed a “brown to green” conversion, which is due to complete this October.

CBRE and Sixteen Real Estate have been appointed as agents for the project.

NJL Consulting is advising on planning and JM Architects is leading on design. JLL is the project manager.

Ask is also working with M&G on another office refurbishment in Manchester; the £39m transformation of 50 Fountain Street.

“We are proud to partner with M&G in our mission to elevate the ESG credentials of prime office spaces in Manchester,” Hills said.

Together, we’re reshaping the landscape of Manchester’s office market, offering best-in-class workspace solutions that inspire productivity and foster a thriving community.”

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