City Road East Marshalls p.planning docs

The scheme is one of several office developments off Medlock Street. Credit: via planning documents

Summer start for Marshall’s 370,000 sq ft Manchester offices 

Designed by Jon Matthews Architects, the project would see two commercial buildings constructed off City Road. 

The demolition of the existing mirrored glass-clad office building on the site could begin this August, according to documents Marshall CDP has lodged with Manchester City Council. 

In its place, the developer proposes constructing two office blocks of 11 and 15 storeys, providing a combined 370,000 sq ft of workspace. 

Manchester City Council granted Marshall planning approval for the City Road scheme more than two years ago.  

Work could not begin immediately as there were still tenants within the existing building, which Marshall acquired in 2017. 

However, following the departure of Xenadin, which relocated to 100 Barbirolli Square earlier this year, it is understood the building is now empty and can be demolished. 

Located close to First Street, the scheme would take the number of office projects on either side of Medlock Street with or awaiting planning approval to four, all designed by Jon Matthews Architects. 

Together, One City Road, One Medlock Street – located on the plot immediately south – plus the two buildings on plots 10a and 9a at First Street, have a combined footprint in excess of 1m sq ft. 

To learn more about the project, search for reference number 128002/FO/2020 on Manchester City Council’s planning portal. 

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Brilliant! Got approved the same day Speaker’s House was initially refused. Can’t wait for it to start. A great design from Jon Matthews. Specifically love the way it curves but doesn’t curve following the street line.

By Andrew

Love this one. Good riddance to the monstrosity it is replacing as well!

By Steve

This I like rather better than the interesting but slightly strange block that’s there now.The good thing about the same architect is that they can develop a far more coherent design for the First St area which is after all a southern gateway to the city centre.

By James

Great design. Manchester needs more of this.

By John

Looks really good.

By Digbuth O'Hooligan

Has the developer actually confirmed the intention to build? An appointed contractor doesn’t necessarily mean the works are imminent.

By Anonymous

I will never work here so it makes no difference to me, I’d rather some retail, play area, gym or park, anything really for the local community

By DS Resident

Prefer the existing building.

By Anonymous

@DS Resident. Do you not know your local area? There’s a Pure Gym and retail at First Street as well as Great Jackson Street, there’s also a park and play area at Hulme park a stones throw away.

By Anonymous

I thought the mirrored monstrosity was listed

By 300m get it built

Well it’s not always about what WE want is it DS resident? Great design though.

By Anonymous

@Anonymous, Hulme Park? No thanks, a tiny Sainsbury’s does not make this a retail scheme and the pure gym is tiny, not a top gym

By DS Resident

It will be nice to see the back of the awful mirrored building with the ball on top –

By Graham Wilson

Excellent design and will add greatly to this important gateway. Always expect a few moaners no matter what but thankfully they are largely irrelevant. Get it built!

By Orpheus

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