Steelwork has been completed on the £6.5m redevelopment of the Sale office building, now branded as M33.
Formerly known as Jackson House, the 128,000 sq ft building is being extended and refurbished by owner Commercial Estates Group, the main element of which is a double-height reception, café and terrace.
New ‘pop out’ windows have also been installed – with all other windows replaced – at the building, which boasts floorplates of close to 30,000 sq ft. Further elements include a cycle hub and electric vehicle charging points, alongside the refurbishment of interior business suites.
Robert Morton, investment manager at CEG, said: “This refurbishment, extension and rebrand has been designed with our business customers in mind. Not only will it create a striking building at the heart of Sale, but we will be able to offer headquarter quality space alongside studios for small and growing companies as well those with changing business needs.
“The environment will be exceptional, with a private garden for customers, alongside a new café and deli with atrium seating, meeting rooms, video meeting facilities and innovative break out spaces for working or informal meetings. With such a range of facilities, we expect a high level of interest from businesses seeking high quality space in South Manchester.”
With the current tenant roster including IBM, Sesame Banking Group, Ralli, Reassured and AA Projects, Canning O’Neill and Savills have been appointed as letting agents to market the new-look space.
Most of the building remains as conventional office space, and around 56,000 sq ft is available, including the full 29,000 sq ft second floor and a half-floor, along with smaller suites.
Half of the first floor is being converted into “let-ready studios” for small businesses or teams from larger enterprises. These will be let on flexible terms and vary in size, with companies paying per workstation. Each will include a kitchen and meeting room. This part of the project will likely be the last to reach completion, in February or March 2021.
Conrad O’Neill, director of Canning O’Neill, said: “Upon completion of the refurbishment works, M33 will be the market-leading office building along the A56 corridor – one of South Manchester’s strategic arterial routes.”
Savills director Richard Lowe said that the building is “perhaps the best example of a truly flexible space in south Manchester,” adding: “The reception will raise the bar in terms of first impressions and the café and business lounge facilities will bring a city centre quality product to the out of town office markets.”