Bruntwood acquired the building last year for around £13m. Credit: via Citypress

Bruntwood tables plans for Pall Mall overhaul  

Designed by Sheppard Robson, the vacant 83,500 sq ft office building on Manchester’s King Street will be refurbished, becoming the developer’s latest Pioneer workspace. 

Bruntwood Works aims to bring Pall Mall Court back into viable commercial use as it has done at other Pioneer schemes, including Bloc, Blackfriars House and 111 Piccadilly. 

The main elements of Bruntwood Works’ Pall Mall revamp are: 

  • The relocation of the main entrance from King Street to the internal piazza 
  • The conversion of ground floor space to retail/food and beverage  
  • Reactivation of under-utilised piazza 
  • Refurbishment of office space to create grade A accommodation 
  • Creation of flexible workspace on three floors 
  • A new façade system to improve the building’s environmental efficiency and contribute to NZC targets. 
  • Tenant wellness facilities in the basement.

Bruntwood Works acquired the grade two-listed Pall Mall Court for around £13m from Ardstone Regional Office Fund, a joint venture between Ardstone Capital and CBRE IM, last November. 

Ciara Keeling, chief executive of Bruntwood Works, said: “Complementing and bolstering our existing cluster of innovative and dynamic workspaces, Pall Mall will become a unique sustainability hub that will allow us to help our consciously minded customers and the wider city to reach its net zero ambitions.

“Given the complexity of retrofitting of a listed building, we are aiming for our redevelopment of Pall Mall to provide a blueprint for projects in future, as this provides a more sustainable option than demolishing and building new.

“Our ambition to create thriving cities will see us continue to bring innovation to the forefront of Manchester’s office market, providing unparalleled workspaces that offer inspiration and flexibility while also championing wellbeing, hospitality and sustainability.”

The Pall Mall project team supporting developer Bruntwood Works includes architect Sheppard Robson, Ramboll as sustainability consultant, Deloitte as planning consultant, heritage consultant Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture and structural engineers DWLLP.

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I worked in Pall Mall Court years ago (experienced the Manchester earthquake in there) and the change of entrance to the piazza which used to just collect algae and sleep the homeless would be an amazing transformation breathing life into an area that is just seen as a cut through (aside from sams)

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