Plans for a new £70m office scheme to replace the former Pannone offices in Manchester have been submitted by Worthington Properties, part of the Lancashire-based Marcus Worthington Group.
The development will see the demolition of three interlinked buildings at 123-127 Deansgate vacated by Pannone, now part of Slater & Gordon and based on Mosley Street. The buildings will be replaced by 113,500 sq ft of office space and a further 12,100 sq ft of retail space over two units. The three buildings were formerly owned by the Co-operative Group, Pannone partners and a pension fund.
The office will face the entrance to Spinningfields and form part of the wider redevelopment of Brazenose Street and Lincoln Square. Construction is expected to start in summer 2016.
Glenn Howells Architects, which designed One St Peter’s Square for Argent and GMPVF, has been selected to design the new office.
Dav Bansal, director of Glenn Howells, added: “Paying homage to the industrial character of Deansgate with its red Victorian architecture, we are delighted with the contemporary yet strikingly calm approach to the design that compliments the centrepiece Grade I Listed John Ryland Library within this pivotal setting. It marks a significant opportunity on Deansgate and is a catalyst for the transformation of this area.”
Savills has been appointed to market the scheme. James Evans, of Savills added: “The proposed building occupies one of the highest profile spots within the city. It will provide a visually stunning addition to Deansgate whilst offering occupiers highly efficient floorplates. We are of no doubt successful businesses within Manchester will recognise the benefits of locating to the development.”
Planning advice and guidance was provided by Deloitte Real Estate.