Internet service provider Telcom Group and wellness brand Feel Good Club are the first tenants to take space at the 31,000 sq ft building in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
Telcom, a broadband connectivity provider, has signed an agreement with owner and developer Cert Property to lease 3,638 sq ft – the entire top floor of the five-storey Hilton House.
The group will relocate from its current premises at 24-26 Lever Street, also in the Northern Quarter, later this year.
Meanwhile, Feel Good Club has signed to occupy 2,800 sq ft on the first floor of the building and plans to open a mental health and wellbeing venue this summer.
The venue will house a coffee house, which is currently in the design phase, a dedicated events space for workshops and cinema nights, pop-up galleries featuring work from local artists, and breakout spaces for ‘Feel Good’ staff, which provide mental health support services, and the Feel Good Club community.
The brutalist Hilton House was designed by 1960s architect Richard Seifert. Its owner Cert Property this year completed an extensive refurbishment carried out by Ancoats-based contractor Armitage Construction and designed by Buttress Architects, to turn the building into creative workspace.
The project included extending and upgrading the envelope of the building, replacing existing windows with floor-to-ceiling windows and internally exposing the building’s original features, including parquet floors and terracotta ceiling.
Howard Lord, managing director of Cert, said: “Telcom has been involved from outset in the Hilton House renovations, as [the company] is providing us with 10,000Mbps broadband, giving the building one of the fastest internet speeds in the UK.
“While working on the project, Telcom fell in love with the building and jumped at the chance to move in and become our first tenants.
Danny Smith from Telcom Group said: “We are really impressed with the collaborative energy that the restoration has created.
“We were born and raised in the Northern Quarter and to expand within this vibrant and energetic community is the right step for us.”
The Feel Good Club coffee house will be open to other tenants at Hilton House, and the public, and local corporates will be able to hire the new events space.
Every Friday, the venue will host Freelance Fridays, where self-employed people from all sectors will be able to use the space for free.
Lord added: “It was clear from the outset that our values aligned with those of Feel Good Club. Our vision for this property has always been to build a community, and to bring like-minded people together.”
Edwards & Co and Lambert Smith Hampton are joint lettings agents for Hilton House.