Mansfield Chambers JPM Real Estate c PNW

The building is currently vacant. Credit: Place North West

JPM plots Manchester office revamp 

The grade two-listed Mansfield Chambers, located in St Ann’s Square, is to be refurbished under plans lodged with the city council. 

JPM Real Estate Management has submitted an application to overhaul the 23,700 sq ft office building on behalf of the building’s owner Stephen Palmer. Palmer acquired Mansfield Chambers from Lunar Retail Sarl for £9.5m in 2015, according to Land Registry filings.

The offices within the four-storey Italianate building are currently vacant. The ground floor was previously let to Barclays but the bank closed in June this year. 

A planning statement prepared by Avision Young states: “The applicant specialises in delivering high-quality office space across Manchester”, adding that the proposal “will allow the heritage asset to continue functioning as an office by upgrading the quality of space to meet with modern standards”. 

The project would include: 

  • Full redecoration 
  • Installation of new kitchens 
  • Replacement of toilets and non-original doors. 

Workspace Design & Build is also advising JPM on the proposals. 

Mansfield Chambers is the latest in a long line of Manchester office buildings. 

UKRO Property Holdings is looking to overhaul the 32,000 sq ft 52 Princess Street, while Custodian REIT is investing in upgrading 60 Fountain Street after acquiring the property from McAleer & Rushe last September.  

Having acquired 17 Quay Street from Abrdn, Urbana Partners is planning “a high quality, ESG conscious refurbishment” of the 58,000 sq ft building.   

Meanwhile, Clearbell is planning to revamp Freetrade Exchange on Peter Street. 

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