70 Bridgewater Street
Credit Suisse lodged plans for the scheme in January

Go-ahead for revamp of Eversheds House

Dan Whelan

Credit Suisse Asset Management is to overhaul the five-storey Manchester building and increase the amount of office space by 40,000 sq ft when sole occupier Eversheds Sutherland relocates to Two New Bailey. 

The landlord lodged plans for the scheme in January, which have now been approved by Manchester City Council.  

Place North West revealed in 2019 that the law firm would move into a new 50,000 sq ft office at English Cities Fund’s New Bailey scheme after 20 years at Eversheds House, which spans 70-76 Great Bridgewater Street, prompting landlord Credit Suisse to plan a refurbishment of the building. 

The scheme, designed by OMI Architects, proposes increasing the amount of office space from 70,000 sq ft to 110,000 sq ft through the addition of two floors. 

The project also includes reconfiguring the building to provide ‘category A’ office space, and completely replacing the existing facades to address “known structural issues with the brickwork and sandstone masonry”.  

Parking provision within the building would also be reduced by 75% under the proposals, leaving 15 spaces. 

The office, which backs onto the Rochdale Canal, was designed by Fairhurst Architects and completed in 2001. It has been occupied in its entirety by Eversheds Sutherland since then. 

Credit Suisse Asset Management bought the office building from State Street Corporation in 2019.  

The landlord hopes the project “will allow the building to continue to function as a viable office location within the evolving market”, according Savills, the planning consultant for the scheme.

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