Work starts on HQ at St John’s

Contractor Lendlease has begun a two-year build on the £100m campus in Manchester, with the 222,000 sq ft office set to host 3,000 staff. announced its deal at developer Allied London’s site in August last year, taking the entirety of Manchester Goods Yard as its new home.

The ecommerce company currently employs 1,900 people in the city across four sites, and its transport division will be based in the new campus once it completes in 2021. Current offices are based at Sunlight House, 201 Deansgate, 35 Fountain Street, and 42 Fountain Street. has signed a 12-year lease on the building and expects to employ 3,000 people at the site over the lifetime of the lease. OBI represented on the deal, while Allied London represented itself.

Michael Ingall, chief executive of Allied London, said: “This is another significant milestone for Enterprise City, following on from construction starts at Bonded Warehouse and ABC.

“We’re now seeing one of the world’s biggest tech companies create their new campus, at the heart of our Enterprise cluster.’s £100m transport HQ will play a huge part in attracting and retaining talent in Manchester.”

Simon Gorski, executive general manager of UK regions at Lendlease, added: “After 18 months of close collaboration with Allied London on the pre-construction phase of the project we’re now looking forward to delivering what looks set to be a world-leading workspace of the future. Breaking ground on the new Manchester Goods Yard building marks an important milestone in the regeneration of the St John’s site.”

The wider St John’s quarter features a number of new-builds stretching between Water Street, Liverpool Road, and Quay Street. Lendlease is Allied London’s construction partner for the site, and is expected to deliver these buildings by 2026.

The professional team on St John’s also includes architects Denton Corker Marshall and Chapman Taylor; structural engineer Curtins; M&E consultant Crookes Walker; and principle designer Orsa.

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