ASK Submits Plans for New Manchester Offices
Office space with an overall value of over ┬ú400m will be at the heart of the Greengate development close to Manchester Cathedral, with the plans submitted by ASK Developments seen as a vital addition to the ongoing regeneration of Salford and the surrounding area.
In a joint effort with Network Rail, ASK developments hope to transform the 32 acre site into offices, housing and shops ΓÇô with the latest planning application being for a 10-storey office block on the site of the former Exchange railway station.
The location of the Greengate scheme seeks to provide a link between the cities of Manchester and Salford, with the planned office space providing businesses with well positioned offices from which to operate.
Despite having worked alongside the City Council on the development, one potential problem which will have to be overcome before the offices are constructed is the need to partially demolish a section of the listed railway viaduct located on the site.
The Serviced Office Perspective
The demand for serviced office space across Manchester City Centre has improved considerable in the opening 3 months of 2011, with up-take exceeding Q1 2010 levels by 200% according to the Manchester City Focus report published by officebroker.com.
The growing demand for office space across Manchester City Centre has also taken place across the wider region, with the Serviced Office Review: North West Q1 2011 reporting a 52% increase in the number of businesses entering serviced offices in Q1 11 when compared to the same 3 month period in 2010.