Bruntwood Works submits Pall Mall, Manchester plan

Bruntwood Works, the workspace, retail and leisure arm of commercial property group Bruntwood has submitted a planning application to redesign and revitalise the Grade II listed Pall Mall in the heart of Manchester city centre.

Located on King Street, the property will include 85,000 sq ft of office and hospitality space across three blocks.

Bruntwood Works said that having sat mostly vacant for four years, the building will now become a “sustainability and wellbeing hub” as part of Bruntwood Works’ £200 million Pioneer programme that creates community and innovation focussed workspaces.

Neo, Blackfriars House, 111 Piccadilly, Bloc and The Alberton are also part of the Pioneer scheme in Manchester.

“Aimed at the ‘consciously-minded’, Pall Mall will be home to businesses that demonstrate strong ESG credentials,” said Bruntwood Works.

“In doing so, Bruntwood Works aims to establish an ecosystem of businesses that are mutually beneficial to one another and help the city realise its ambition to be more socially and environmentally sustainable.

“Works seek to protect and preserve the cultural and historical significance of the building, whilst delivering a best in class reinvention of an ageing, energy inefficient asset into an operationally net zero carbon development.

“The fit out will be approached with a circular economy model in mind to create Bruntwood Works’ most sustainable serviced space to date, incorporating details such as timber partitions and individually metered serviced suites so customers can understand their specific energy use.”

Bruntwood Works CEO Ciara Keeling

Bruntwood Works CEO Ciara Keeling said: “This announcement marks a major milestone in our reinvention of the iconic Pall Mall building in the heart of the city centre.

“Complementing and bolstering our existing cluster of innovative and dynamic workspaces, it will become a unique sustainability hub that will allow us to help our consciously minded customers and the wider city to reach its net zero ambitions.

“Given the complexity of retrofitting of a listed building, we are aiming for our redevelopment of Pall Mall to provide a blueprint for projects in future, as this provides a more sustainable option than demolishing and building new.

“Our ambition to create thriving cities will see us continue to bring innovation to the forefront of Manchester’s office market, providing unparalleled workspaces that offer inspiration and flexibility while also championing wellbeing, hospitality and sustainability.”

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