A speculative city centre office project in Manchester known as the Island is to go ahead, after Bowmer and Kirkland secured the contract, Future Net Zero reports. The office block will be close to St Peter’s Square in the city centre, and will aim to be a carbon neutral building.
The £66m scheme will feature the latest technologies and be designed to attract a modern workforce, as well as being built to exacting environmental standards. It is a joint venture between construction company Henry Boot (HBD) and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF).
Ed Hutchinson at HBD, said: “Our decision to speculatively develop Island is a real statement of intent, and demonstrates our confidence not only in Manchester but in the future of workspace more broadly.”
He added: “While working patterns have evolved, demand for high-quality, well-located office space remains robust. Targeting the highest sustainability standards, the project’s innovative design, combined with its people-focused and ‘smart’ office space, align perfectly with the enhanced standards the modern occupier demands.”
The office block will have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ‘A’ rating. It will also have a Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of Excellent, which is regarded throughout the world as the gold standard for sustainability.
Furthermore, the development will aim for a leading edge 5.5-star carbon NABERS rating.
Councillor Brenda Warrington said: “The start of work on site at Island is a major landmark for the development and the Manchester City Centre office market. As the next generation of office accommodation reflecting new ways of flexible working, our ambition is to achieve zero carbon and provide the highest levels of accessibility required by future occupiers.”
The project is just the latest in a long line of sustainable redevelopment schemes in Manchester. In a further exciting development, the disused viaduct that stands above the Castlefield Basin is set to be transformed into an ‘urban sky park.’ The National Trust will oversee the scheme, which see the installation of flowers, shrubs, and trees.
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