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Sunlight House underwent a £4m refurb in 2018

First phase of £4m Sunlight House refurb completes

ADT Workplace has completed the first phase of refurbishment works on the 215,000 sq ft Sunlight House on Manchester’s Quay Street, with Ardmac due to finish the second phase by October this year.

Aberdeen Standard Investments will spend around £4m on both phases. The first part of the works, completed by ADT, include the refurbishment of the 14,000 sq ft eighth floor alongside works to the 13th floor. SpaceInvader is the designer for the project.

Ardmac is due to complete a comprehensive remodelling of the building’s reception in October 2018.

This includes a double-height reception space, a retail unit, and a café, alongside meeting areas. The building already has a Bannatyne health club and spa on site.

Current tenants include St James’s Place Wealth Management on the building’s seventh floor, and Rentalcars, which has around 63,000 sq ft over three floors.

Handelsbanken moved its Manchester central branch out of Sunlight House last year, taking 4,000 sq ft at 15 Quay Street.

Savills and Colliers are joint agents on Sunlight House, and Paul Crowe, associate director in the building and project consultancy team at Savills, said: “The significant capital expenditure at Sunlight House by Aberdeen Standard Investments has ensured this impeccably restored historic property has a bright future as a hub of high quality office space.

“The planned reception works will take it to the next level and further enhance the building’s appeal to professional occupiers seeking city centre space.”

Sunlight House was bought by Scottish Widows Investment Partners’ Property Trust for £35m from Aviva in 2014.

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My grandad (Stan Marshall ) was mr sunlights caretaker and lived with my grandma and dad In The rooftop flat for many years.
My grandma went on to work for Mr Joseph Sunlight for many many years as his secretary and after his passing for many more years running the building. I joined her for a few years before it was sold.
I have many happy childhood memories of swimming in the amazing pool
My grandma Edith Marshall was well
Loved and known as Mrs M.

By Sue Byrne

Used to work at post office and overseas cable telegrams on lower Mosley street manchester and would spend lunchtime in the pool at Sunlight house..they allowed us special concession to do this it was fantastic..happy days !!

By Phil Sharples

Whilst Uber has had its problems , cancelling their contract will in my view be throwing the baby out with the bath water.

I visit from Chester and park at a £2 car park near Man Met and simply call up a cab on my app, to get to Albert Sq, without Uber I suspect my visits will diminish as the ease of access evaporates.

I’m also concerned about the impact on tourism, surely there must be many tourists who visit Manchester who see ease of access around the city as a major bonus ?

By Uber...ooooo

My first job after leaving school was working for the Commercial Union Insurance on the first floor of Sunlight House in 1964-66. I loved the building – there was an area in the middle and you could walk all the way round each floor. I used to go to the cafe next to the swimming pool in the basement in the evenings when I was going to night school. Someone before my time had engraved a fish on the glass of the window near my desk – I wonder if it is still there.

By Les Smith