The investor, working with Ask Real Estate and Jon Matthews Architects, wants to demolish 50 Fountain Street and construct a new seven-storey building while retaining the original façade.
Providing 55,000 sq ft of workspace, the £40m development would create “an attractive proposition for new and existing businesses within Manchester and the wider region”, according to planning consultant Deloitte Real Estate.
“The existing office building on the Site no longer makes a positive contribution to the area, either architecturally, historically or commercially,” Deloitte said.
Comprising floorplates ranging from 4,500 sq ft on the ground floor up to 9,400 sq ft on the first and second floors, the office building would also features cycling facilities, a gym, an indoor living wall and a rooftop pavilion.
The project would see the buildings original entrance brought back into use. The office is currently accessed via 50 Fountain Street where the building is set back from the road.
Under the plans the new-build would be realigned with the original 19th century sandstone façade along Fountain Street.
Hill Dickinson occupies the grade two-listed building at present. The law firm’s lease expires in April 2024. A spokesperson told Place North West in April that no work would take place until the expiry of Hill Dickinson’s lease.
Ask was appointed as M&G’s development partner for the project earlier this year.
Construction firm Bam is lined up as main contractor for the project, according to a construction management plan submitted with the planning application.
Renaissance is the structural engineer, Ridge is the M&E engineer, and Stephen Levrant: Heritage Architecture is advising on heritage.
Cundall, Planit-IE, DFC, Cundall, Gardiner & Theobald are also advising on air quality, landscape, fire and cost.