Henry Boot plans £18m Silk Works office

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

The developer, in a joint venture with Vision Developments, has submitted a planning application for a 50,000 sq ft office on the edge of Spinningfields in Manchester.

The development, branded The Silk Works, would see the refurbishment and extension of Invicta House, which sits on Atkinson Street and Scott Place.

Designed by Northmill Architects, the seven-storey scheme will add 35,000 sq ft onto the existing 15,000 sq ft building, providing 6,000 sq ft office floorplates.

The ground floor would be given over to amenity space for occupiers, and includes space for an independent coffee shop.

Silk Works InternalChris Jones at NJL Consulting advised on the planning application.

Adam Brady, development director at Henry Boot, said: “We want to create really special space which people actually want to work in rather than a typical sterile office environment. The design quality and amount of amenity space that we’re giving over to our tenants has not yet been seen in the city, we want this to be the best place to work in Manchester.”

Other Manchester city centre projects for Henry Boot include the £150m mixed-use Kampus project on Aytoun Street which is being delivered in partnership with Capital & Centric, and the Courthouse on Deansgate, near to The Silk Works.

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