Queensberry appointed for Corn Exchange development

David McCourt

Aviva Investors has chosen Queensberry Real Estate as development and project manager for its planned revival of the Corn Exchange in Manchester.

The site, previously known as the Triangle, is located on Exchange Square opposite Selfridges, Harvey Nicholls, The Arndale Centre and The Printworks.

The grade 2-listed building was damaged in 1996 by the IRA bombing, but was restored in 2000 maintaining its original external features.

Queensberry Real Estate has previously worked on a number of high-profile projects including SouthGate in Bath, and Victoria Square in Belfast.

Chris Paterson, from Aviva Investors, said: "We felt their in-depth understanding of complex developments, as well as hands on management experience, would make them ideally suited for the Corn Exchange.

"We have been working closely with Manchester City Council to deliver a sustainable future for this historically and commercially important building, and look forward to continuing to do so with the assistance of Queensberry."

Stuart Harris, partner at Queensberry Real Estate, said: "The Corn Exchange is a significant and integral part of Manchester's historic city centre. Our intention is to give the building a new lease of life, creating a destination to benefit the city's population and its wider catchment. In turn, we hope this will restore the Corn Exchange to its previous position as the thriving hub of activity it used to be in its heyday."

The works include reconfiguration of the internal units and creation of new pedestrian routes into and through the centre to make it more accessible and welcoming.

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