Hyphen Reception

Contractor replaced on WeWork’s latest Manchester office

Charlie Schouten

Boultbee Brooks has drafted in Russells to replace Styles & Wood on Hyphen, its 52,000 sq ft development on Mosley Street, with the project running significantly behind schedule.

Styles & Wood had been on site since 2016 and a completion date of summer 2017 was originally pencilled in; a revised completion date of summer 2018 was then put forward in the office’s marketing material. However, the project has experienced significant delays and Russells has now taken over from the original contractor, having previously worked with BBRE and project manager OBI on the refurbishment of The Core in Brown Street last year.

Hyphen is due to be home to WeWork’s latest Manchester office, as revealed by Place North West in December last year. Boultbee Brooks is working alongside CBRE Global Investors as developer.

The scheme has included the addition of a seventh floor and a full re-clad of the existing buildings. The floor plates are varied with the largest on the newly-installed seventh floor, which reaches around 7,000 sq ft.

The others vary between 3,000 sq ft and just under 5,000 sq ft, and there is also an on-site café at ground floor level and a Vibe-branded on-site gym at basement level. PRP is the architect.

Styles & Wood confirmed it had been replaced on the job when contacted by Place North West, citing “significant issues giving rise to delays”; Russells also confirmed its appointment to job when contacted by Place. The retained agents for Hyphen are OBI and Savills.

US-headquartered WeWork is already present in the city at No.1 Spinningfields and One St Peter’s Square, where it occupies 60,000 sq ft and 40,000 sq ft respectively, deals that were agreed in the summer and autumn of 2017.

It has also agreed a deal to take Dalton Place, the former KPMG St James’s House office block. The building is owned by Tesco Pension Fund and totals around 65,000 sq ft.

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