Allied London has completed the latest 100,000 sq ft of its Spinningfields development in central Manchester, a mix of offices, retail and leisure.
The former Manchester House contains 50,000 sq ft of refurbished offices over 10 floors, called Tower 12, above 10 retail and leisure units, none currently let, named the Avenue North. Opening next week in the square next-door is the Oast House, billed as a 'New World pub' and operated by Living Ventures, which already has the Alchemist and Australasia bar restaurants in Spinningfields.
Michael Ingall, chief executive of Allied London, said: "We are one of very few developers prepared to start development at the current time and we continue to have full confidence in our Spinningfields development and its continuing evolution. This current phase is all about working to create a place and destination that will benefit Manchester."
The new area will be host in November to a "pop-up fashion village" of stalls outside the Oast House. Ingall said the Avenue North, designed by Sheppard Robson, will act as a gateway from Bridge Street and King Street into Spinningfields. The Avenue North will link into the Avenue, already completed, anchored by Emporio Armani and Flannels, alongside Calvin Klein, Oliver Sweeney, Mulberry, Prada, Gucci, Lanvin, Matthew Williamson, Kurt Geiger, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, LK Bennett, Flannels, Brooks Brothers, All Saints, Phillip Stoner and Ted Baker Pashion. DKNY Menswear will open this autumn.
The Oast House, designed by Paul Danson Imagineering, is Allied's attempt to add more grain and texture to Spinningfields, often criticised for its hard glass and stone finish. The Oast House uses an old tin roof, limestone pointing and red brick exterior and has "an eclectic interior with a mix of antique and reclaimed furniture sourced from all over the world".
Spinningfields is valued at £1.5bn and comprises 4.6m sq ft of mixed-use development.
Office agent on Tower 12 is OBI Property. Retail agents are Andrea George at Tushingham Moore and Nigel Gillingham at Bruce Gillingham Pollard.