Pair of projects planned for Manchester’s Piccadilly
Thackeray wants to refurbish and extend an office building, while Legal & General has submitted an application to improve the pavilion that runs adjacent to Piccadilly Gardens.
Last October, Manchester City Council launched a £25m competition for the redesign of Piccadilly Gardens. L&G and Thackeray’s schemes aim to contribute to the overall improvement of the area and adhere to the council’s vision of creating a “special place with a strong sense of identity, welcoming and uniquely Mancunian”.
Developer: Thackeray Investments
Planner: Barton Willmore
Architect: 5plus Architects
Having consulted on the proposals late last year, Thackeray has lodged an application to convert unused space on the upper floors of the three-storey building into 43,000 sq ft of offices.
The ground floor retail space, currently occupied by Superdrug and Greggs, will be retained.
A rooftop extension, providing further grade A office accommodation, also features under the plans.
The building has been designed to be energy efficient and sustainable with a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’.
In addition, the redeveloped building will have a roof terrace, while an active frontage onto Back Piccadilly will also be created. This will include the introduction of planting and improved public realm, part of a plan to create a green link between Piccadilly Gardens and the Northern Quarter.
Buro Happold and Mode are also advising on the scheme.
Piccadilly Gardens Pavilion
Developer: Legal & General
Architect: Space Invader
The developer, which also owns the neighbouring One Piccadilly office block, wants to revamp the pavilion building that runs along the southern edge of the gardens.
The main part of the proposal would see the roof connecting the two parts of the pavilion, designed by Tadao Ando, removed to create two separate buildings.
An art installation to “enliven the southern elevation” of the pavilion, also features within the plans.
The scheme aims to create better permeability, and make access to the gardens more visible and inclusive, according to a planning statement by Savills.
The freestanding wall element of the pavilion was demolished in 2020.