This spring, the architecture firm will make the short trip from its current Manchester office on Tariff Street having signed for 4,000 sq ft at Cert Property’s Northern Quarter block.
Hawkins\Brown, which employs 30 staff in Manchester, has taken the third floor of the developer’s recently refurbished 30,000 sq ft building, having outgrown its Tariff Street office.
Katie Tonkinson, partner at Hawkins\Brown and head of its Manchester studio, said: “We are excited about what this move will bring to our growing practice. We plan for the new studio to be a flexible container that supports new ways of blended working, in addition to encouraging creativity and togetherness.”
Designed and built by architect Richard Seifeit in 1960, Hilton House was restored by Cert Property last year.
The refurbishment, which aimed to turn the building into creative workspace, was carried out by Ancoats-based contractor Armitage Construction and designed by Buttress Architects.
“Hilton House in many ways epitomises our wider vision and objectives as a company,” said Howard Lord, managing director of Cert Property.
“That is to take important and often neglected or forgotten buildings, reconfiguring them to make them relevant for modern-day use, and unlocking their own future potential.”
JLL acted for Hawkins Brown while Cert was represented by Edwards & Co and LSH.
Other occupiers in the building include broadband provider Telcom, which occupies the fifth floor, and coffee shop Feel Good Club, which occupies the ground floor.
The fourth and second floors are under offer to an unnamed occupier.