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Quay House Coming Down In October

Confidential's former Spinningfields HQ making way for nineteen storey tower

Published on August 13th 2014.

Quay House Coming Down In October

SPINNINGFIELDS developer Allied London have announced that Quay House, the harsh 60s concrete modernism on Spinningfields Lawns, will be demolished in October 2014.

“With No.1 Spinningfields we intend to create the most desirable office building in the UK."

Confidential's former HQ is making way for Number 1 Spinningfields, a nineteen storey office tower designed by Ian Simpson Architects (Urbis, Beetham Tower and soon Old Granada Studios) boasting 343,000 gross sqft of office space.

The ground floor will also provide space for potential restaurants, café and retail occupiers, which will work with the established public realm of Spinningfields Lawns and Hardman Square.

A pedestrian route will run through the middle of the ground floor, improving links between Quay Street and Hardman Square.

Work on the site could begin as early as January 2015, with completion set for 2017.

Number 1 SpinningfieldsNumber 1 Spinningfields

Allied London have recently agreed a pre-let for the building with a professional services company, either PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) or Ernst & Young (EY), according to Business Desk.

Earlier this year, CEO of Allied London Mike Ingall said: 

“With No.1 Spinningfields we intend to create the most desirable office building in the UK. Inspired by buildings from around the world, it will be a powerful statement for us and for Manchester."

Plans for SpinningfieldsPlans for Spinningfields - Number 1 Spinninfields in red

Allied London are currently well underway with the ten-storey Cotton Building development around the corner on Hardman Boulevard (opposite RBS).

The 160,000 sq ft building will have over 30,000 sq ft of space designed for public amenity including a bike park, climbing wall, leisure facilities and innovative start-up and co-working spaces.


The former green space on Spinningfields Boulevard is currently under developmentThe former green space on Spinningfields Boulevard opposite RBS is currently under development

Number 1 SpinningfieldsNumber 1 Spinningfields

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43 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousAugust 13th 2014.

*yawn...steel and glass? That's so Spinningfields.

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Obollox the GaulAugust 13th 2014.

An office building looks like the other buildings in an area of office buildings? Proper observant, aren't you Anon?

AnonymousAugust 13th 2014.

There are far more office buildings in Manchester that are made of brick and/or stone! Proper observant aren't you Obollox?

Obollox the GaulAugust 13th 2014.

And this proposal is in Spinningfields. And it's 2014, not 1914.

AnonymousAugust 13th 2014.

Oh dear! And brick or stone buildings aren't constructed in Mancheser any more?

AnonymousAugust 13th 2014.

You need floor to ceiling glass to get the required natural light into an office space with a floor plate that deep.

rinkydinkAugust 13th 2014.

Obollox, never ever engage with anonymous poster

Calum McGAugust 14th 2014.

It looks MINT.

AnonymousAugust 13th 2014.

Good, glad it is coming down. It looks so out of place in that area now, so a mid rise is welcome. Onwards and upwards.

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AnonymousAugust 13th 2014.

Thank you Mr Bruntwood.

Ian SimpsonAugust 14th 2014.

You're welcome.

AnonymousAugust 13th 2014.

I'm kind of with the first anonymous. Now, the proposals for Mount Street by Eric Parry architects, that's classy. More of that in Manchester please. Developers: there's more than Ian Simpson out there - Caruso St John, for instance, are designing some very interesting office blocks.

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AnonymousAugust 13th 2014.

Have you read the above post Obollox?

Obollox the GaulAugust 13th 2014.

I'm very confused now.

Poster BoyAugust 14th 2014.

Architectural historians will review Manchester City Centre in the early part of this century and ask. "ISA. Why...?"

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Ian SimpsonAugust 14th 2014.

Cos the Beef-ham Tower is fucking awesome, that's why.

Ghostly TomAugust 17th 2014.


MGSAugust 14th 2014.

“With No.1 Spinningfields we intend to create the most desirable office building in the UK. Inspired" -- WHY NOT THE WORLD!?? EH!?

AnonymousAugust 15th 2014.

Glad to see the back of it. Looks so 60's.....Be a mess whilst they build the new place all the same...

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Ghostly TomAugust 15th 2014.

And it's good to see things being built again providing jobs while it's being built and more in the offices and restaurants once it's finished.

AnonymousSeptember 2nd 2014.

YAY!!! More service industry jobs.

Christian McKieAugust 17th 2014.

A pedestrian route will run through the middle of the ground floor, improving links between Quay Street and Hardman Square. That old chestnut will fail ASAP. Look at the same idea at Picc Plaza which is rarely if ever open and firmly locked up at night. So it's still going to be a huge block along Quay St you are going to have to walk around to get into Spinningfields. Just like Simpsons eyesore destroying library walk. Another dead space at night requiring a lengthy walk around the town hall & library to get to Alb Sq.

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AnonymousAugust 17th 2014.

But it works at The Avenue North on the other side of Spinningfields. Not sure why it shouldn't work here.

AnonymousAugust 17th 2014.

Although I'm a defender of old buildings...er...not that one. Anyway Manchester's become a generic modern city. It can't touch the rich architecture found in Bath, Glasgow, Newcastle etc...let it just carry on

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AnonymousAugust 17th 2014.

Rich architecture of Newcastle? You're joking I hope.

Ghostly TomAugust 17th 2014.

Bath is beautiful, but with all that Georgian architecture, rather dull. I much prefer Manchester's eclectic mix.

DigsterAugust 17th 2014.

Grey Street in Newcastle has some of the most beautiful buildings

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Ghostly TomAugust 19th 2014.

Princess Street and Whitworth Street are two of the finest Victorian streets in the country/world.

A Pedantic BoreAugust 19th 2014.

Here here, Ghostly although Whitworth Street is more Edwardian than Victorian.

Ghostly TomAugust 20th 2014.

I stand corrected but, to be pedantic, most of Whitworth Street was conceived while Queen Victoria was alive but built in the years following her death. So they are in spirit, Victorian, but in execution, Edwardian.

Mark FullerAugust 26th 2014.

Manchester has arguably the most impressive ' Victorian' city centre in Britain, but I agree with Digster, the curving sweep of magnificent neo-classical architecture on Newcastle's Grey Street, is magnificent, and because it's in the north, largely overlooked.

AnonymousJanuary 31st 2015.

Newcastle is impressive as is Liverpool and I rather like Bristol. Manchester's best streets and buildings are unseen from afar. Like the Royal exchange. Imagine that with a park round it. I love the Palace hotel(Refuge building)That is a building to die for but again it is surrounded by clutter so it is never seen at it's best.The tiling in the the old UMIST building too is awesome.

bar-lessAugust 21st 2014.

looking at the pictures, does this mean then end of the Long Bar? Hurrah!

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AnonymousAugust 21st 2014.

I don't think you see the area that The Long Bar is on. Did you mean The Lawn Club / Hibernate?

James SmithAugust 22nd 2014.

Oh well, the planned Norman Foster Hong Kong inspired building never happened, nor the hugely impressive almost as tall as Betham block that formed part of the subsequent proposed scheme either. Shame, they both looked magnificent. Anybody would think that developers like Allied London incorporate such pie in the sky pretend proposals just to get planning or something. By the way, are the rumours true that Manchester is building the worlds first space port on the old Coronation Street set? It's part of the redevelopment apparently.

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AnonymousAugust 22nd 2014.

I believe Leese and his associates are fully behind the idea.

Duke FameAugust 22nd 2014.

So many vacant office buildings yet they build more. Is there really demand for this?

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AnonymousAugust 22nd 2014.

Where are the vacant office buildings?

Rick22August 26th 2014.

its is the class of office space that counts when your trying to lure large multinationals. There is a lack of Class A office spaces which is why one St Peters and first street have been built. Also company like to move into new developments due to the prestige involved

Duke FameSeptember 17th 2014.

I've not known many businesses that really care about prestige, they may want to own an asset that will have strong demand but not many really care about prestige, bottom line counts

AnonymousSeptember 2nd 2014.

well at least it's not being built by the same numpty that put that black box up at the top of Hardman Street - did they forget their white-stick that day? Quay House is the perfect example of horrid 60s concrete & deserves to be rubble. Now if we can just get someone to demolish that monstrosity between Blackfriars Street & Victoria Bridge on Deansgate that'd be a result.

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AnonymousSeptember 2nd 2014.

So too would everything on Parker Street.

AnonymousSeptember 21st 2014.

The Feng Shui is all wrong too many sharp edges.

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