5 Plus Architects are to relocate from Grange House in John Dalton Street into The Hive, the joint venture office scheme developed by Argent with Manchester City Council in the Northern Quarter.
The architectural practice, which emerged out of HKR following the latter's decision to close in Manchester in 2010, will take a 4,200 sq ft suite on the fourth floor of the 80,000 sq ft building in Lever Street. HKR designed The Hive, which completed in 2010.
Jon Matthews, director, 5 Plus Architects, said: "Last year we expanded with a new office in London and as our business continues to grow in Manchester there is only one building we could occupy – The Hive. Not only a building we designed but an exemplar of sustainability in the coolest part of Manchester. We cannot wait to move in."
Angela Fielding, project director, Argent said: "It's excellent to welcome 5 Plus Architects to The Hive, there's no better compliment to a building than to have its designers actually move into it. There's a lot to look forward to at The Hive over the coming months, we'll be officially launching our arcade in conjunction with the newly opened Pie & Ale on the ground floor this summer, and we have plenty of interest in the remaining office space."
5 Plus Architects, which was represented by Knight Frank, signed a 10-year lease on the space. Edwards & Co acted for Argent and Manchester City Council.
The Hive on Lever Street bills itself as "the only Grade A office building in Manchester's Northern Quarter." Tenants include Fatsoma, Spacemen Creative, Bakerie Wine Store, Pie & Ale, Manchester Food & Drink Festival, Ashurst Communications, the Arts Council and the Studio. The Hive is also home to the Classroom, a members club which provides desk space for individuals and freelancers at just £24 a month.