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Hive alive

Argent calls to bring the Hive alive in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

Published on May 25th 2007.

Hive alive

If you have creative ability at your fingertips, then a national design competition by developers Argent has been launched to create an art installation for The Hive in Stevenson Square.

The Hive is Argent’s new 145,000 sq ft office development designed by HKR Architects and Piercy Connor Architects and detailed planning permission has recently been granted for the first phase.

The creative brief for competition entrants, who can win a cash prize of £5000, is uniquely challenging according to David Partridge, Argent’s Joint Chief Executive:

“This area of Manchester is the neighbourhood of choice for the creative industries. The Hive is designed to appeal to creative people and businesses looking to expand into new sustainable office space. We want to inspire designers working in all spheres, including design students, to create an art installation which will take the form of a solar shading device across the front elevation of the our building.”

An environmentally friendly design aims to achieve a BREAM Excellent rating by incorporating natural ventilation, exposed thermal mass and green roof landscaping.

Construction work on The Hive is due to begin imminently and the first 75,000 sq ft phase will be ready in 2008. Its three linked buildings will offer contemporary loft offices, available on a variety of tenures and in a variety of sizes from 750 sq ft suites upwards.

David adds: “As with Argent’s other Manchester developments, One Piccadilly Gardens and Piccadilly Place, which have resulted in an impressive revitalisation of the whole Piccadilly area, The Hive will act as the catalyst for the regeneration of Stevenson Square and provide a new focus for the Northern Quarter. We are now looking forward to incorporating the creativity of the design community into this exciting new concept in city workspace.”

Argent is assembling a panel of judges for the competition gathered from the worlds of design, architecture and property.

The competition has its own website www.thehivemanchester.co.uk so that designers can read the full brief and use the on-line entry form before the closing date of 22nd June this year.

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