No 1 Spinningfields topping out

No.1 tops out as Spinningfields nears completion

The 300,000 sq ft building is on schedule to complete in July marking the completion of Spinningfields, 20 years after the first plots of land were acquired by developer Allied London.

Speaking at the topping out ceremony to mark the highest point of construction, Michael Ingall, chief executive of Allied London, said it was a significant day in the development’s history. He praised the construction team led by Bam Construction for delivering the office on time. Work started on site 24 months ago and the building, which replaced Quay House, was around 70% clad at the time of topping out, which shows the impressive skills of UK construction workers, Ingall said.

The topping out party took place on the 19th floor, where high-end leisure operator D&D London will run a rooftop bar and restaurant, including terrace with open roof and glazed perimeter. The office floors are filling up fast: Allied London said there is strong interest in 92% of the office space.

Confirmed occupiers include PwC, Squire Patton Boggs, and Browne Jacobson. Flexible working company WeWork is rumoured to be taking space.

There was a performance at the party on Friday of a specially composed song called ‘Spinningfields Skyscraper’, by a school band made up of children from various Manchester primaries, arranged by Manchester Camerata.

The project team includes Bam, Heyrod, NG Bailey, RoC Consulting, Sweco, OBI Property and SimsonHaugh & Partners.

The last two major development plots at Spinningfields were for No.1 and XYZ, which has reached practical completion and is being fitted out, and No.1.

Spinningfields contains 3m sq ft of offices as well as restaurants and shops. There will be additional smaller projects after No.1 is finished to deliver a pavilion and landscape Hardman Square, currently being used as a construction yard and site office for No.1.

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