Bruntwood Works 111 Piccadilly Gem

Bruntwood targets ‘smartest’ workspace with 111 refurb

Chloé Vaughan

Refurbishment works are due to start next month at Bruntwood Work’s 111 Piccadilly in Manchester city centre, as part of a wider £50m investment in its office portfolio.

The building will deliver co-working space, with Bruntwood targeting a UK-first platinum standard WELL certification, with tech, sustainability and wellbeing featuring prominently in the design.

The scheme is expected to complete in March 2020.

The project includes an internal sculptured feature called ‘the Gem’, to house art exhibitions and seating space, built from glass and copper panels. The ground floor will hold a café and lounge open to the public.

An garden next to the car park entrance is to be built outside the reception doors, with trees planted in partnership with City of Trees.

111 Piccadilly CGI Reception

A 200ft photovoltaic lighting installation will be the building’s centrepiece. It will illuminate three sides of the office and will be visible across the city centre. The psolar panels will also generate power for the ground floor of the building. The installation is being created in partnership with creative lighting consultancy Artin Light.

Other tech in the building includes sensors monitoring air quality, space utilisation and energy usage. A circadian lighting system will be included, which is designed to create a natural environment to regulate alertness, temperature, and hormone release. Biophilic design will also be incorporated with plants throughout the building.

Ciara Keeling, chief executive of Bruntwood Works, said: “We are extremely excited to progress our plans for 111 Piccadilly. Located in the heart of Manchester, we believe it will create an incredible gateway into the city centre. From amazing cutting-edge technology to sustainable features and a new stunning illuminated exterior, it is set to make a major impact on Manchester.”

111 Piccadilly CGI Inside The Gem

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