Plans revealed for next Mayfield office

The Mayfield Partnership has added a 12-storey, 220,000 sq ft office to the first phase of the £1bn development in Manchester, building on a 70,000 sq ft commercial offering announced earlier this year.

A planning application is expected in Autumn for the building, designed by architect Morris + Company, a London-based architect which has worked on offices at King’s Cross and White City in the capital.

Part of Mayfield’s Baring Street Campus, the office will also feature terraces and a double-height ground floor space to be used for exhibitions and community events.

The latest office follows hot on the heels of an eight-storey, 70,000 sq ft commercial building, to be delivered on a speculative basis. A public consultation on this opening phase, including the office, a new city park, and a 550-space multi-storey car park.

The new 12-storey office will be added to the opening planning application and is in response to “strong occupier interest in Manchester as a leading business location” according to the Mayfield Partnership. Mayfield has been rumoured as one of the potential locations for a major hub for Barclays Bank, which has been looking to consolidate its Northern operations since 2017.

If planning consent is secured for the first phase, it is expected this will be complete in spring 2022. A public consultation on the proposed office building will take place on 22 August at the Fairfield Social Club between 2pm and 7pm.

The wider Mayfield site next to Manchester Piccadilly railway station could ultimately provide 1,500 homes, a 650-bedroom hotel, retail and leisure space, along with more than 800,000 sq ft of offices.

James Heather, development director for U+I and the Mayfield Partnership said: “We were delighted with the response to our initial consultation this summer and amid strong occupier interest in Mayfield we are pleased to be bringing forward this office building as part of phase one.

“Our vision is for a truly outstanding place to work and play, and I believe the amazing views over Mayfield Park this flagship office building will deliver will be unrivalled anywhere in Manchester. ”

“Manchester is a first-class location for businesses and we need the confidence to deliver high quality workspace and maintain a pipeline of premium office development to attract further inward investment to our city.”

The Mayfield Partnership is made up of U+I, LCR, Manchester City Council, and Transport for Greater Manchester.

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Design inspiration circa 1983?

By MancManc

MancManc I completely agree with you!

By Dover

Stunning design. You get people complaining we have too many rectangular blocks and when we get a building which isn’t one they complain anyway. Can’t win.

By Mystery

@MancManc i think its supposed to look old, it even has vegetation growing on the side of it…

Long live Manchester’s banter era, at the helm of vision-less profiteers.

By wellthatsnotfunny

How interesting can you make an office design? Presumably tenants want square / rectangle floor plates, no columns and for the external design to be conservative / progressional rather than “funky” (unless a tech company I suppose).

As Mystery has touched upon, at least it isn’t a total box.

Also I thought the 80s was supposed to be the best decade…?

By 80s

Depending on the materials it could look nice

By Dingaling

Better than the bland rectangular boxes we’ve come to expect by the SimpsonHaugh. Also a city park to be included for you all.

By Anonymous

Manchester really needs this development to happen. A very competent developer and great plans.

By Derek

“Mayfield has been rumoured as one of the potential locations for a major hub for Barclays Bank, which has been looking to consolidate its Northern operations since 2017.”

So that’s more Liverpool workers thrown out of work, thanks to the determination NOT to develop any kind of commercial economy.

By Mike

I am always a little suspicious that London-based architects feel less of a need to achieve high design standards outside the capital. Somehow can’t imagine this at Kings Cross.

By Dave McCall

I hope they’re not paying inflated London design fees for that!

By Oscar

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