Office Space on Coronation Street?
In the wake of ITV’s announcement to move the Manchester-based set of Coronation Street and several production teams to MediaCityUK at Salford Quays, speculation is now rife as to what will become of Quay Street – the former home of Granada Studios and ‘Coronation Street’ – as we know it.
It is thought that up to a million sq ft of residential and office space could be up for grabs, and planning consultants are now working on a masterplan to decide how best to transform the 24-acre Quay Street site.
The area is located between the acclaimed new office district of Spinningfields and the residential area of Castlefield, and the site also includes the famous Bonded Warehouse. A sale figure of ┬ú60m has already been suggested.
“We could be talking of around one million sq ft of development,” said Gary Halman, senior partner at HOW Planning, which is advising ITV. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, he said that talks are due to begin immediately between ITV and Manchester city council planners, and commented that it is a large site with “an exciting opportunity for conversion.”
Although no talks have yet taken place with city councillors, he commented that while some areas would be appropriate for residential conversion, other areas – such as those that front Quay Street – will be “close to the high-density office developments of the city centre, which might make them more appropriate for new office buildings.”
The plans are expected to be completed by summer 2011.
The development would bring further interest to central Manchester and add strength to an already impressive portfolio of office space in and around Spinningfields.
Businesses seeking a flexible or short-term base in Spinningfields and the surrounding areas have the option of an ever-increasing selection of serviced offices in Manchester. High-end space is available within the Spinningfields area on flexible terms that allow easy-in easy-out occupation, with locations on Atkinson Street ΓÇô just off Quay Street ΓÇô Deansgate, and Hardman Street.
There are several other alternatives on the peripheral areas of Spinningfields, and many dozens more throughout Manchester and the outer reaches of the city.