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 111 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
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.