Threadneedle Shed, Manchester Airport, P.plannign Docs
RPS is the architect for the project. Credit: planning documents

Threadneedle plots Manchester Airport sheds 

Dan Whelan

The investor and asset manager wants to knock down the former SkyChefs production facility and build three units totalling 85,000 sq ft on a five-acre site on the corner of Avro Way and Pinfold Lane within the World Freight Terminal. 

Threadneedle Curtis, part of US-based asset management firm Columbia Threadneedle, has instructed architect RPS and planning consultant Avison Young to draw up plans for units measuring 36,000 sq ft, 27,000 sq ft and 21,000 sq ft. 

Alternative configurations for the units, including a single 103,000 sq ft shed, were considered but discounted. 

Last August, MAG sold much of its non-core property portfolio to Columbia Threadneedle in a £380m deal. 

SkyChef, which occupied the unit earmarked for demolition, is part of air services provider Dnata, which has relocated operations into a newly constructed £30m hub next door. That project was developed by MAG Property. 

In 2019, a joint venture between Dnata and Sky Chefs named Alpha LSG signed up for a 102,500 sq ft unit at the nearby Icon development, being brought forward by Stoford and TPG Real Estate. 

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