Gilbert-Ash picked for Eversheds House overhaul 

Credit Suisse Asset Management has selected the Belfast-based contractor to revamp the five-storey Manchester building and increase the amount of office space by 40,000 sq ft. 

Gilbert-Ash is due to begin work next week now that sole occupier Eversheds Sutherland has relocated to Two New Bailey after 20 years on Great Bridgewater Street. 

Place North West revealed in 2019 that the law firm would move into a new 50,000 sq ft office at English Cities Fund’s New Bailey scheme, prompting landlord Credit Suisse to plan a refurbishment of the building.  

Credit Suisse lodged plans for the scheme in January 2021 and approval came last April. 

The refurb, designed by OMI Architects, proposes increasing the amount of office space from 70,000 sq ft to 110,000 sq ft through the addition of two floors.  

The project also includes reconfiguring the building to provide ‘category A’ office space, and completely replacing the existing facades to address “known structural issues with the brickwork and sandstone masonry”.   

Parking provision within the building would also be reduced by 75% under the proposals, leaving 15 spaces.  

The office, which backs onto the Rochdale Canal, was designed by Fairhurst Architects and completed in 2001. It has been occupied in its entirety by Eversheds Sutherland since then.  

Credit Suisse Asset Management bought the office building from State Street Corporation in 2019.   

Savills Manchester is project managing the transformation and providing office agency advice after advising on the planning and securing planning permission last year.

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That design is embarrassing. What is there now is 4/10 but this is just pants!

By 1981

Explain 1881, what is it you want to see. Maybe you can teach them something.

By Anonymous

Bring back Havelock Mill

By Sir Henry Havelock

This is a great scheme, will re-invigorate this stretch of Great Bridgewater Street and the canal path. Can’t wait to see it develop on-site.

By Walt

110,000sq ft of office space and only 15 parking spaces? Are they serious? I’m guessing they aren’t even EV charging stations.

By Bernard Fender

I agree, the design is hideous! The current building isn’t amazing but it’s built from similar materials to the surrounding buildings (many of them are listed). This red thing will stick out like a sore thumb.

By John

Don’t see what the big deal is about this one.

By Anonymous

Have to say the original cladding looks better…at least if the CGI is anything to go by…and I know they are not always.

By Anonymous

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