2018 was a landmark year for St. John’s and Enterprise City. Allied London completed the largest office deal in over a decade to Booking.com, who will create a £175m Tech Hub at Manchester Goods Yard, as well as announcing a long-term funding partnership to create the ECUK cluster.
As we look ahead to the rest of 2019, key elements of the development are on site and progressing quickly.
Lendlease are now on site and there are 307 Piles being installed for Manchester Goods Yard and the Tower 1 combined basement, which includes bulk excavation. Demolition of the workshop and Artsu buildings has also been completed by Green Remediation Ltd.
We are very excited to have commenced the newbuild construction at St Johns. 2019 will be an exceptionally busy and challenging year for the team, however the meticulous preparation we have undertaken in conjunction with our construction delivery partners Lendlease has prepared us to make significant progress throughout this year toward realising our vision for Enterprise City and the St Johns neighbourhood.
ABC and Bonded Warehouse are also taking shape, with the former now home to international brands such as Barry’s Bootcamp and The Farm Group, whilst Everyman Cinema will open in Autumn 2019. Bonded Warehouse has also come back online, welcoming two floors of tech & digital workspace occupiers.
ABC building was constructed in an iconic 1960s style with an aesthetic which remained relatively unmodified over the years, presenting us with an opportunity to celebrate the existing architecture by retaining the original features and sympathetically refurbishing the interior to offer an excellent mix of leisure units to the lower floors, with quality Category A workspace accommodation above. With floorplates ranging from 5,000 to 7,000 square feet, plus options to link horizontally and/or vertically, this flexible workspace offer complements and expands the Enterprise City portfolio at St Johns.
Allied London are excited that The Farm Group, Everyman Cinema and Barry’s Bootcamp all share our vision to breathe new life into the ABC building; this reaffirms our belief that reimagining existing buildings and sympathetically refurbishing them for the future provides both the most sustainable and most desirable built environment.