Hardman Square Orchard Street p.planning docs

The scheme will feature a rooftop terrace. Credit: via planning documents

Revamp of Spinningfields office given go-ahead 

Orchard Street Investment Management has been granted planning approval to transform the vacant 4 Hardman Square in Manchester into a “modern Grade A office complex” following the relocation of its two anchor tenants. 

Manchester City Council has approved the redevelopment of the 55,000 sq ft Spinningfields office, previously occupied by Grant Thornton and HSBC. 

Both firms have relocated to Barings’ Landmark in recent years, presenting Orchard Street with the opportunity to bring 4 Hardman Square, built in 2006, up to modern standards. 

All 55,000 sq ft of offices at 4 Hardman Square will be revamped, while an additional 4,000 sq ft of workspace and an outdoor terrace will be created on the building’s roof.  

As well as new and refurbished office space, the project will deliver amenities including a gym, meetings rooms and changing facilities. 

The scheme “seeks to fully transform the building internally and externally into a modern Grade A office complex that will provide significant economic benefits and will reinvigorate this area as part of the wider masterplan,” according to a planning statement by Avison Young.  

Spratley & Partners Architects is advising Orchard Street on the proposals for 4 Hardman Street.  

Orchard Street bought the property for £31m in 2014. 

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By MrP

This is the first/ only Foster and Partners building in his home city of Manchester. In Germany if you want to alter another architect’s work, you need permission (See Renzo Piano at Potzdamerpladz). Do you think anyone’s spoken to Norman??

By Pete Swift

There’s something missing here

By Balcony warrior

People expect more their office space these days good bless ‘em. 2006 doesn’t seem that long ago to me yet here we are.

By Anonymous

Good to see a roof top terrace being incorporated here. Manchester needs to make more use of rooftops rather than leaving them as dead space. Appreciate the weather isn’t always on our side but pergolas and verandas exist.

By Big Dub

Refurbishment / redevelopment after only 17 years, so much for sustainability.

By Anonymous

Sustainability being used as just another hijacked word to mean whatever narrative I want to justify. Sustainability does not mean no refurbishment or redevelopment after 23 years, that would be absolute nonsense!

By Anonymous

Painting that building black will disrupt even more the harmonic grey/blue tones of the whole area, which it’s, I believe, one of its most original and attractive features. The façade only needs cleaning/maintenance/polishing, not a change in colour.

By Anonymous

It goes to show how quickly occupier needs have changed. A 15-year old building in Spinningfields requiring drastic repurposing. There are many, incl 3 Hardman St, that must now follow suit.

By Cyril

I completely agree with previous comments that the new black facade looks completely out of context and such a heavy refurbishing for such a new building is all but against sustainability! Manchester City Council is making so much damage to this city with this plan of becoming a New London (with it’s prices included…) 🤦🏻‍♂️

By AlbertoRMRB

Great to bring this building up to date. They’ll need to to attract new tenants these days. So much more is expected so well done them.

By JimO

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