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Express Building restoration completes

The overhaul of the grade two-listed building on Manchester’s Great Ancoats Street has been handed over with 52,000 sq ft of office space now available.

Workspace operator Huckletree signed a pre-let to take 25,000 sq ft over three floors of the 77,500 sq ft office building, which was built in 1939 and has been restored by OBI for Wittington Investments.

This leaves five further floors available with floorplates of around 11,400 sq ft, along with roof terraces on levels five and six.

Restoration works have included adding a café and breakout space at ground floor level, and the installation of a mezzanine level on the sixth floor, along with the addition of a feature staircase linking the ground and lower ground floors.

A 100-person event space has also been added along with staff wellbeing facilities in the basement. Wittington Investments bought the building in 2017 in a deal advised by Metis Real Estate; the restoration was designed by Ben Adams Architects.

Richard Lace of OBI said: “Located in one of Manchester’s most exciting districts, The Express Building is a Manchester landmark and we’re delighted the major restoration is now complete.

“The intention was to create something timeless, that celebrates the art deco era of the original building design, using high quality materials throughout.”

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Beautiful building. One of the most unique and innovative outside London. A great piece of heritage too!

By R M

Looks amazing. Very sensitively refurbished.

By Steve

Great effort. Well done.

By Elephant

Can’t fault that can you – it’s a great refurb to a great building.

By BillyboyCauseDaveWasBanned

Amazing Building

By Bob

Ancoats is coming along nicely

By Ann

Been driving past this as it was being refurbished and amazed at how well it looks. Fantastic job done.

By New Wave

Great to see this superb building re-purposed. Looks great.

By Cyril

Delighted that the building looks and works as well as we hoped it would. Great to be involved in bringing back to life a real iconic building in the city.

By Metis

Way back in 1990 the best offer to buy was less than 1.5 million pounds, which was rejected. I was over in the UK in 2018, when the refurbishment had still someway to go. The contractors were more than happy to show me their work so far. Now it looks fabulous, congratulations !

By les ivell