AEW Trinity Office, P.AEW
AEW’s 75-strong team is due to move in September. Credit: AEW

AEW relocates Manchester team to Trinity 

Dan Whelan

The architecture firm is moving from the Zenith Building on Spring Gardens having signed a 10-year lease on 5,300 sq ft at Helical’s John Dalton Street office. 

AEW Architects will occupy the seventh floor at the 60,000 sq ft Trinity, joining occupiers accountancy firm Saffrey Champness, law practice Kennedys and Tosca Debt Capital. 

AEW’s 75-strong team is due to move in September. 

The effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns gave the company an opportunity to review its office needs, AEW said. 

Having adopted an agile working model, the company opted to reduce the size of its office. The Trinity workspace is 2,000 sq ft smaller than AEW’s current office. 

The fit-out, which also includes significant investment in IT hardware to improve remote working and video conferencing capability, will put into practice workplace design principles AEW is currently delivering for a range of office clients. 

The office also boasts a rooftop terrace and three outdoor balconies.

Trinity Helical

Trinity bought the building for £12m in 2017. Credit: AEW

“We wanted to provide the highest possible quality environment to encourage our team back to the office,” said Andrew Rainford, managing director of AEW. 

“We conducted a survey to find out what our people wanted from an office and Trinity ticked all the boxes, striking the right balance of space, cost and quality.” 

William Parry, senior property executive at Helical, said: “Companies like AEW Architects reassessing their office situation and choosing Trinity shows that despite the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, occupier demand remains for well-located, quality, grade-A workspace.” 

Savills and Edwards & Co are joint letting agents for Trinity. 

In 2017, Helical paid £12.9m at a net initial yield of 9.25% to buy Trinity from Ardstone Capital. 

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