Kames reveals 17-storey Manchester office plan

Kames Property Income Fund has released the first image of a proposed 135,000 sq ft Sheppard Robson-designed office building at 39 Deansgate, ahead of a consultation session next week.

The building will include 5,000 sq ft of ground floor retail and restaurant space. It sits on a prominent site at Deansgate’s junction with St Mary’s Gate in the retail core, and would replace an existing 40,500 sq ft office building acquired by Kames in early 2018. Place North West reported on earlier plans for the site in September.

Local residents, businesses and stakeholders are invited to view the plans at a drop-in consultation session on Thursday 28 November at 39 Deansgate from 3pm to 7.30pm. Following the session, the plans will be available to view via advisor CBRE’s website.

A planning application is due to be submitted to Manchester City Council in early 2020.

Richard Peacock, co-manager of the Kames Property Income Fund, said: “Manchester has experienced a sustained period of unprecedented growth over the past two decades and the city remains highly attractive to major occupiers.

“There is strong demand for high quality office space in Manchester and 39 Deansgate represents an attractive redevelopment opportunity. We welcome the views of local residents and business on the proposals.”

Tenants at the current building, which was refurbished in 2016, include Investar Property, which has a five-year lease on a 2,300 sq ft space. Harrington’s Advisory previously had 4,600 sq ft on the second floor but has since moved out. The Flight Centre also has office space and operates out of one of the ground floor retail units.

Other retail occupiers include Greggs, while Ladbrokes was formerly on the ground floor but has recently departed. Formerly known as Speaker’s House, the current building was completed in 1963 to designs by Douglas Stephen & Partners.

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It’ll never happen

By Dan

The No 1 Deansgate premium flat owners will be up in arms.

By Anonymous

“Monstrous overdevelopment announced in central Manchester. Again.”

By Yawn

No1 Deansgate was always a stupid place for apartments anyway

By Floyd

Go away Dan, nobody cares. This is a fantastic proposal, can’t wait to find out more.

By Anonymous

Looks great, attractive building

By Manchester eye

A huge improvement on the current building.

By Anonymous

Great to see the site redeveloped but this is beyond inappropriate design wise.

We should be emulating Hungary with neo-classical architecture replacing the crimes of the past. There used to be a stunning building on this corner.

By Acelius

Looks superb, get it built!

By Bob

Superb looking building that is sympathetic with it’s surroundings.

By New Wave

What a fantastic scheme in an area in much need of regeneration. Looking forward to further updates…

By Anonymous

Get Renaissance Hotel across the road knocked down, redeveloped and we’re on to a winner in this area of town. Superb proposal, very much complementary to Barton Arcade.

By Anonymous

Not convinced about the design yet but a welcome addition to this prominent site. No 1 are not going to be happy though!

By Steve

Depending on the external material used this could be an excellent development complementing the Barton Arcade.

By Lenny1968

This end of Deansgate really lets Manchester down. It is a tip. Anything is an improvement on the current offering.

By Elephant

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