Education provider eyes 41,000 sq ft Spinningfields move
Arden University is planning to take over Deloitte’s former office space at Two Hardman Street in what would be the largest letting in Manchester so far this year.
The move would see the university consolidate its Manchester operations into Spinningfields, moving into 41,000 sq ft on floors five and six at Hansainvest’s Spinningfields office and vacating its current sites at Lindley House and 4 Minshull Street.
Vitaly Klopot, chief innovation and commercial officer at Arden University, told Place North West the new facility could be open at the start of next year.
“We are working hard to deliver a new, bigger study centre in Manchester to support our growth ambitions in the city,” he said.
“We hope to be teaching out of the new facility in early 2024 and look forward to providing students with a best-in-class space where they can realise their study ambitions and work towards their dream career.”
The university has lodged an application to change the use of the space from offices to education with Manchester City Council, although the lease is yet to be signed, Place North West understands.
Arden University has more than 2,000 students in Manchester and offers online and blended courses in law, business, engineering, psychology, and sociology, among others.
Those students would have access to 37 classrooms within the proposed facility, plus offices, meeting rooms, and breakout areas, according to planning consultant JLL.
The space has been vacant since Deloitte moved to WeWork-managed offices at Hanover House during the pandemic.
Since then, Deloitte has signed a deal for 63,000 sq ft at Salford’s 100 Embankment.
To learn more about the Arden plans, search for reference number 137213/FO/2023 on Manchester City Council’s planning portal.