111 Piccadilly CGI Inside The Gem
The project was designed by architect 3DReid

111 Piccadilly refurb completes 

Dan Whelan

Bruntwood Works, the offices arm of the developer and asset manager, has opened what it claims is “Manchester’s most tech-enhanced workspace” as part of its £50m Pioneer refurbishment programme. 

Features of the new-look, 50,000 sq ft map pin111 Piccadilly commercial building in Manchester city centre include: 

  • The installation of a ‘central nervous system’, a smart technology platform that connects a physical space with the people, processes and systems within it 
  • A circadian lighting system – designed to replicate a 24-hour cycle of sleep, wake, hunger, alertness, and body temperature  
  • Sensors to monitor air quality, space utilisation and energy usage to drive operational efficiencies  
  • A digital kiosk providing guidance and wayfinding advice to help regulate traffic and monitor footfall, as well as providing live transport timetable information 
  • The Gem: a sculptured feature that will provide an exhibition space for local artists 
  • A 200ft-high photovoltaic lighting installation that will illuminate three sides of the building and be visible across the city centre.
  • An independent cafe and lounge, operated by retailer Ancoats Coffee and due to open to the public in 2021 
111 Piccadilly

A 200ft lighting installation forms part of the refurbishment

Located close to Manchester’s Piccadilly station, the 11-storey 111 Piccadilly already has several lettings deals confirmed, including with IT firm DMW Group, part of Credera; telematics specialist Trak Global Group, and publisher HarperNorth, part of HarperCollins Group. 

Andrew Cooke, strategic director of Bruntwood Works, said: “The technology we’ve introduced at 111 Piccadilly will transform the building and its environment for the benefit of the people within it.  

“By collating real-time data about how and when the building is used, we will be able to provide a better customer experience, and create more efficient and sustainable workspaces.” 

The refurbishment was designed by architect 3DReid and carried out by Workspace D&B. 

Bruntwood Works’ Pioneer programme, designed to upgrade its existing office stock, has included refurbishments of two other Manchester assets – Blackfriars House on Parsonage and Lowry House. 

The refurbishment of  map pinBlackfriars House is complete, while work on the 16-storey map pinLowry House on Marble Street, which will be rebranded as Bloc, began in September. 

View Bruntwood Works’ sites on the Place North West Development Map map pin

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What better way to reinvigorate our city centre office offering than by creating a building that lives & breathes the lives of its occupiers.

By Justin Strong

I like it but there aren’t enough plants.

By Bob

I just went past it and it looks fantastic! Light illumination really brought this old, boring building to life. More Manchester towers should do this, it makes the city look so attractive at night

By Michael