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VIDEO | THG reveals Airport City fly-through

Online beauty business The Hut Group has released a fly-through visualisation of its proposed 1m sq ft campus at Airport City, details of which were confirmed earlier this week.

The video includes annotations outlining the timeline for delivery over the next few years as the acquisitive retailer builds out a headquarters across several buildings, becoming the most significant occupier to commit to the long-term development around Manchester Airport.

THQ, the first site, will see offices developed in four phases, with final completion due in 2022. Construction is to start next year on what is a £650m development on a 16.8-acre site. Phase one comprises office buildings totalling 280,000 sq ft.

The second site, Icon, is focused on content creation. Also due to start on site next year, it is scheduled for completion in 2020 at a cost of £150m.

Ultimately supporting up to 10,000 jobs, the project represents the UK’s largest bespoke office development outside London, THG said.

Airport City Manchester’s joint venture partners will act on behalf of THG as THQ’s developer, working in partnership with architect and interior designer Penson.

The ICON development, where Stoford will act as developer, will provide an extra 104,000 sq ft. of office space over four floors as well as additional content creation facilities totalling 168,000 sq ft. ICON will house around 2,000 people focused on video production and photography, to be used across THG’s digital offering.

THG will take ownership of the sites following completion. Basing itself at the airport reflects the global nature of the business the Hut Group has become, with more than 70% of group sales coming from overseas in 2017, at a company that represents 66 nationalities. THG’s proprietary technology platform, THG Ingenuity, now operates in 35 languages and 42 currencies.

Matthew Moulding, founder and chief executive, said: “THQ is a landmark development for THG and another important step in our growth story.

“As we continue to extend our global footprint, it makes sense for us to base our headquarters at Airport City in Manchester, with its global connections and access to talent and supply chains worldwide.”

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