Arndale House Tower

Sainsbury’s signs for 10,000 sq ft more at Arndale House

The supermarket group now occupies close to 55,000 sq ft at Arndale House, as M&G Real Estate and intu, joint owners of Manchester Arndale, confirmed the company’s expansion on a five-year lease.

Sainsbury’s, represented by TSG Property Consultants, has agreed terms for a further floor at Arndale House, giving it five full storeys at the building, where around 70,000 sq ft remains. The deal was agreed at £17.50 per sq ft, Place North West understands.

Scott Linard, director of asset management at M&G Real Estate, said: “The decision of Sainsbury’s to take an additional floor at Arndale House is a testament to the building’s excellent location and superb transport links.

“The Manchester office market currently offers a limited supply of Grade A office stock. This is creating an increasing demand for new space but the refurbishment we are planning will align closely with the city’s occupier needs.”

CBRE and Savills are joint agents on the building. Jonathan Cook, associate director at CBRE, said: “The planned refurbishment that will follow will reposition the building as one of the most prominent office towers in the city, with an occupancy ratio of 1:6 sq m and very efficient floorplates, on-site amenity that cannot be beaten, and unrivalled views of Greater Manchester, all at a very competitive rent.”

A proposed merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda is still on the table, being examined by the Competition and Markets Authority.

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Right up there as one of the ugliest buildings in the country. Can’t someone at least update the signage. At least do something its utterly grim, especially with all the new blocks popping up around the city.

By EggMan

Good business but the building looks like the back of a dirty old transit van, I want to write ‘Clean Me’ in the dirt.

By Oh Dear

EggMan – Totally agree, I would have hoped that it could at least be re-clad!

By coolmanc

Manchester has never recovered from the Arndale a building which would shame Luton.

By Elephant

Arndale Tower was the state of the art when it was built. Will todays’ towers be similarly regarded in 45 years time??

By Arnold Chippendale

I really quite like it. It really shows the concrete modernism of the past 30 years, whilst retaining the sleek image that made it beautiful in its day. A true piece of fine, tasteful and lasting architecture.

By Architect_Fan

Change the picture still looks a mess !!!


It wasn’t state-of-the art, it was a cheap version of the trend of the time.

Today’s towers around Manchester aren’t state of the art either; they are cheap versions of the trend of the time (Axis, Jackson Street towers, Hilton). That is why they will age badly.

By Ageist