No8 First Street finally completes
The finishing touches to the 170,000 sq ft office in Manchester have been completed, nearly two years after its original handover date.
Developer Ask Real Estate has completed the final phases of works to the building and its surrounding public realm; the building has been occupied by office tenants including Gazprom, WSP, and Odeon for some time. Multidisciplinary consultant WSP is the largest tenant with 55,000 sq ft over two floors, while Gazprom has 40,000 sq ft and Odeon has 26,000 sq ft.
This leaves the 26,000 sq ft fourth floor, and a sixth floor suite of 11,990 sq ft available. The building is owned by the Greater Manchester Pension Fund and Patrizia.
The building’s original completion date was September 2017, but it was impacted by numerous delays. The project was already running behind schedule when cladding contractor Lakesmere called in administrators in November 2017; FK Group was drafted in to take over.
Problems were compounded when main contractor Carillion collapsed in January 2018, leaving the developer without a construction team; Rayner Rowen was then appointed to complete the build on a construction management basis. The finishing touches, including public realm and snagging works, have now been completed.
Jamie Hills, development director at Ask Real Estate, said: “N08 has been a crucial project for the estate, adding a significant number of people to the working population which now stands at over 3,500. The success of N08 has given us the confidence to progress with the next phase of development at First Street and we look forward to sharing our proposals over the coming months.”