£6m refurbishment for old Manchester building

Posted on by John Cronin

Plans for a multi-million pound refurbishment in Manchester to create offices within a listed building have been submitted and are now awaiting approval.

Sevendale HouseOwners of the Grade II Listed Sevendale House in Dale Street (pictured – source), Philip J Davies Holdings, have submitted plans to convert the significant building into Grade A offices.

Sevendale House is a flagship building located in the resurgent Northern Quarter of Manchester city centre, an area that is popular with companies in the design and new media industries. The conversion programme, if approved, will be one of the largest office conversion projects seen in Manchester for several years.

The 6-storey building will offer in excess of 61,000 sq ft of floor space with flexible floor plates of approximately 14,000 sq ft. Currently 4 of the 5 upper storeys are empty and the basement and ground floors are currently occupied by retail and leisure operators. The developers are proposing a sympathetic restoration of the building, including a re-introduction of an original lightwell that will provide the office space with natural daylight. Expected rental prices for the speculative redevelopment are not yet available.

The developers have been waiting for several long-term leases to expire before embarking on their £6m refurbishment plans. Mark Davies, director of Philip J Davies said: “This is our first opportunity in 25 years to carry out the long-awaited renaissance of this significant building, which will also enhance the attractions of the Northern Quarter to office users requiring good quality space in a great location, whether it is creative industries that gravitate to this area or professional service companies.”

Architects for the redevelopment are Stephenson Bell. A decision from the planning committee is expected in March and the project has a target completion date of spring 2012.

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