Extension approved for St James’s Tower

Manchester City Council has granted planning permission to extend the ground and first floor of St James’s Tower on Charlotte Street.

The two floors will be extended to the back of the pavement line on Charlotte Street, creating glazed retail/leisure units on the ground floor. The first floor office space will be extended so that it provides a net internal area of 14,941 sq ft.

The building is owned by British Airways Pension Fund. OBI Property and Savills are joint leasing agents.

OBI is also acting in an asset management capacity and project managing the construction works. Joe Weilding of the firm’s building consultancy team said: “We are pleased the new plans for St James’s Tower have been approved.

“The extension will provide the street presence that a building the size of St James’s Tower deserves, making a destination for new retail and leisure operators in the city centre and providing much needed grade A office space over a large single floorplate.”

News of the expansion follows insurance firm JLT’s recent decision to commit to the building until 2031 in 26,000 sq ft across the second and third floors. In the last year, 17,750 sq ft of new office lettings have been completed.

The project team also includes Zerum, AHR Architects, Clancy Consulting, Donald Insall Associates, REDS and Sandy Brown.

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