The developer is in pre-application discussions with the city council over the project, which would see a site on the corner of Great Ancoats Street and Lever Street redeveloped.
London-based Soller Group plans to create up to 100,000 sq ft of new-build workspace on the plot.
The project would also feature “significant retention” of the site’s heritage assets, particularly those facing Lever Street, according to Soller chief executive Nick Treadaway.
The scheme aims to be BREEAM Excellent, WELL ‘Gold’ and Wiredscore ‘Platinum’ as well as being A-rated on EPC.
Soller aims to lodge a planning application for the development next year.
The company is working with Glenn Howells Architects and planning consultant Avison Young to develop the scheme. Turley is advising the developer on heritage.
Soller completed the acquisition of the site last year. The plot, which is occupied by restaurants Bem Brasil and Golden Tandoori among others, was in disparate ownership and the acquisition period lasted six months, according to the developer.
Elsewhere in the city, Soller is bringing forward a student accommodation block on Oxford Road. The developer has agreed in principle a 20-year lease with a “market-leading F&B company” for the lower retail unit, and a 10-year lease to an international student housing operator for the units on the upper floors.
In Liverpool, the company is behind a 277-apartment scheme in Everton, designed by Falconer Chester Hall.