Vision for iconic Albert Square site revealed

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A planning application for the redevelopment of Commercial Union House on Albert Square has been submitted to Manchester City Council.

Working with Bridge Architects, Bruntwood has submitted a new design proposal, which, if accepted, will inject a new lease life into the building that sits directly facing Manchester Town Hall.

The 66,249 sq ft building comprises of a basement level, five upper floors of approximately 10,000 sq ft and three self-contained ground floor retail units.

Since acquiring the building late last year Bruntwood have renamed the building Union and have been working closely with the architects to design a scheme that will meet the demand for newly refurbished, high-quality office space in the city centre.

With the introduction of a new curved, six-storey facade and panoramic windows, Union is set to have unrivalled views over Albert Square and the surrounding streets.

The central lift core is being reconfigured to provide a larger ground floor reception area and an improved arrival experience on every floor.

Internally, the workspaces will receive a high-quality refurbishment and will benefit from lots of natural light and a modern industrial finish.

Peter Crowther, Director of Property at Bruntwood, said: “Union is in such an iconic spot we wanted to create a vision that would position it as a landmark building, whilst still being true to its civic roots.

“With the improvements we are making we are confident that we can attract an inspiring mix of customers to the building, adding value to what is already a vibrant part of the city centre.”

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