Trinity April 2018

Helical kicks off £6m Trinity refurbishment

Developer Helical has commenced work on a £6m scheme to add nearly 10,000 sq ft at Trinity in Manchester, with Savills’ building and project consultancy team acting as project manager.

The property, known as Trinity Court and occupied by Squire Patton Boggs before the law firm’s departure to No. 1 Spinningfields, was acquired by Helical in May 2017. It currently features 47,500 sq ft of office space across seven floors, with two ground floor retail units.

The refurbishment will extend its total footprint to 56,700 sq ft, with a new double height reception introduced and the existing atrium infilled. There will also be a roof top extension, including the addition of roof terraces on the fifth and seventh floors.

The revamp of the building has been designed by OMI Architects.

Will Parry, asset management executive for Helical, said: “Helical are committed to proving quality workspace for the Manchester market, transforming tired, old office space – like Trinity Court into a vibrant modern workplace. In the case of Trinity, we’re remodelling and extending the 7th floor, which will create unrivalled views of the city centre. In addition to the commercial workspace, the extension of the ground floor retail units will improve the retail and F&B offering for John Dalton Street, continuing to drive and improve the overall appeal for business to move to Manchester.”

Nick Taylor, building & project consultancy director at Savills, said: “Given the strong occupational demand for refurbished office space in Manchester city centre, Helical’s significant investment into Trinity is very timely.

“The programme of works is due to be completed by the end of 2018 and will completely reposition the property in the market.”

Trinity had been rumoured as a potential candidate for co-working operator WeWork’s third Manchester site, but Helical told Place North West that “this is not a conversation we’re having”.

Helical also owns 35 Dale Street in the Northern Quarter, 31 Booth Street and Churchgate and Lee Buildings on Oxford Road, and now have 400,000 sq ft of real estate across the city.

Savills is also instructed as the joint office leasing agent at Trinity with Edwards & Co.

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Nice for OMI Architects to take this one forward and bringing new life to one of the City’s finest buildings………a number of the directors at OMI were responsible for the original conversion nearly 25 years ago!

By Dave McCall