January start for Salboy’s Shudehill offices

Contractor Domis is preparing to start construction of the developer’s 17-storey office building on Back Turner Street in Manchester after the city council approved a construction management plan.

The 47,000 sq ft development will be targeted at creative and digital tenants and comprise three adjoining blocks. 

The first to fourth floors will provide 5,200 sq ft of workspace, the fifth floor an additional 3,500 sq ft, while the remaining levels will comprise 2,000 sq ft floorplates. 

Existing buildings at 30 and 32 Shudehill, as well as 1 and 3 Nicolas Croft will be demolished under Salboy’s plans. 

In early 2018, Salboy was denied planning permission to create a 13-storey aparthotel on the site, to be operated by Zoku – the decision came after several deferrals.  

Over the course of 2018, different versions of a residential scheme were worked up by architect Jon Matthews, with a favourite picked following a public consultation.   

The chosen part-16-, part-17-storey proposal, totalling 65 apartments, was granted planning permission last summer before Salboy opted to swap to offices earlier this year.  

The design of the commercial scheme remains broadly the same externally with Jon Matthews Architects retained as the lead architect. Euan Kellie Property Solutions is the planner. 

Salboy’s project was approved by the city council’s delegated three-person planning board during lockdown.

The project team also includes agent OBI Property, transport consultant Curtins Consulting, landscape architect Re-Form, Renaissance as the structural engineer and Hann Tucker Associates as the acoustics consultant.  

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It`s like a square peg in a round hole. It`s doesn`t fit in with it`s environs like say Mann Island in Liverpool does and lacks the same beauty.

By Liverpool romance

It’s just awful – the latest in a catalogue of planning errors by MCC.

By Observer

MCC doesn’t care about how Manchester actually looks or functions, just the crane count and office space sq ft, keeps them happy at least.


Inappropriate in scale and appearance.

By Peter

I pass this site regularly and its redevelopment is welcome. Is it the best looking building? Not really, but I am sure it will be well detailed and bring a site back into functional use that has been vacant for circa 10 years.

By Bradford

Looks great, I really like the contrast with the Victorian buildings

By Anonymous

The building on its own looks fine. However, it absolutely does not suit the environment. You get the feeling that MCC just rubberstamp everything that comes their way – no need for a planning department in that case! I also feel that UK cities have to be more careful with taller buildings as we do not tend to have as wide roads and pavements as, say, the USA.

By Chris

Yes, I pass this everyday and it looks great especially in the context of its surroundings. It’s great to that along with all of the foreign investment from China and the Middle East Manchester is still able to use local developers to deliver so many projects that are the envy of many other cities.

By DaveDee

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