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Cartwright Pickard secures planning permission for new 10-storey office building in Manchester, UK

Architecture practice Cartwright Pickard has secured planning permission to build a ten-storey office building for property investment company Allied London at the Spinningfields mixed-use development in Manchester city centre with construction due to start in late spring.

The 22,600 sq m ‘Cotton Building’ is specifically aimed at the fast-expanding TMT (technology, media and telecommunications) sector and will allow tenants to completely customise their space, from lighting and heating elements to partition walls and furniture. The building has a number of unique aspects such as indoor gardens, a climbing wall and a ride-in bicycle ramp, allowing commuters to cycle in to the building from the road. The reception and foyer area will be open to the public, with a gym and wellbeing centre, cafes, bars and restaurants on site.

"This building creates a new workplace model for the changing needs of occupiers, who are looking for greater agility and flexibility from their accommodation. The innovative and nimble nature of the building design makes the workspaces suitable for a wide variety and size of businesses, from single person start ups to large corporate," said Peter Cartwright, Director of Cartwright Pickard.

“This structure represents the evolution of Spinningfields and workspace in Manchester. We are going to create a unique product in the market that effectively combines work and play. This is not something that has been done in the city and we envision this to be the catalyst for future similar developments,” added Michael Ingall, CEO of Allied London.

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