The developer wants spades in the ground by May after submitting plans to Manchester City Council for a 130,000 sq ft scheme.
Ask Real Estate’s revised First Street proposal supersedes a previous 280,000 sq ft iteration of the project, for which the developer won consent in April 2020.
The updated 10-storey plans occupy plot 9a of the First Street masterplan, while the previous iteration would have covered both plots 9a and 9b.
A building with reduced floorplates, 16,700 sq ft as opposed to 30,000 sq ft, is now planned in response to changing working habits whereby occupiers require less office space than before the pandemic due to the adoption of hybrid models of working.
The building aims to be the first in Manchester capable of achieving a minimum NABERS rating of 5.5* or above.
Other elements of the scheme include coworking space, winter gardens, outdoor roof terraces, and an exercise studio.
Jon Matthews Architects designed the scheme, Deloitte is the planning consultant and Bam is lined up as lead contractor.
If work begins in May as planned, the scheme could be operational two years later. Autotrader has signed an 80,000 sq ft pre-let for the plot 9 office.
The latest proposals for plot 9 come 12 months after Ask revealed its intentions for One Medlock Street, a 41-storey residential development. A planning application for this project has not been submitted.