Phillip J Davies Holdings PLC has entered into a £2.5M contract with St Helen’s based TJM Projects Limited, to deliver a refurbishment that will upgrade the tenant experience at Sevendale House. This iconic former textile warehouse is located in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
The initial restoration of Sevendale House in 2014 created a character workspace product previously unavailable within the Northern Quarter. The success of the scheme set a blueprint for other landlords within this district of the city centre. This current project will be completed in May 2024, transforming the building to offer of a mix of 20,000sq ft of character fitted and unfitted workspace, communal breakout and event space, a wellness studio and high-quality end of journey facilities.
The renovated workspace will offer a suite of 13,000sq ft on the 4th floor, boasting one of the best large warehouse floorplates within the city. Other floors within the building will feature character designed fitted and furnished workspaces, to meet the growing demand for this type of workspace.
PJD recently completed a refurbishment of One Express, which was fully leased during the building works. The repositioning of Sevendale House aligns itself with a similar ethos to One Express and will be positioned towards like-minded occupiers who are seeking buildings that offer high levels of amenity that foster collaboration and enhance productivity.
Smart technology will play a significant part in the building’s next chapter, allowing for efficient control of energy usage. This includes monitoring and adjusting lighting, heating and air conditioning based on an occupier’s needs.
Mark Davies, Director of PJD Property said: “We are creating an offer at Sevendale House that we believe focuses on the modern office occupier’s requirements for a work/life balance. Alongside smart technology and fitted workspaces we will provide attractive breakout areas to create a genuine communal hub, supporting the community within the building.”
“Our goal is to create workspace that attracts start-ups to more established businesses. The Northern Quarter remains a thriving district for occupiers in the digital and creative sectors. Along with One and Two Express in Ancoats, we have over 100,000 sq. ft. of workspace enabling us to build long-term relationships with our occupiers and meet the ever-changing needs of their business.”
Tony McCabe, Director at TJM Projects Limited said: “It’s fantastic to continue to build upon our successful long-term relationship with OBI Property with the award of this exciting refurbishment contract for Sevendale House.
“From the building’s original steel, concrete and lightwell innovations in the 1900s, to refurbishment and reinvention in 2024, we will use our Solutions-based approach to create inspiring spaces for the extraordinary people who use the places we create.”
The design of the key aspects of the fit out including the fitted and furnished workspace, event space, fitness studio and end of journey facilities have been carried out by the workspace design team at OBI, who will also project manage the works.
Joe Weilding from OBI’s Building Consultancy team commented: “We are extremely excited to be involved in this project, one of the most landmark refurbishment schemes currently being undertaken in a Grade II listed building within the city. The investment that PJD are making into Sevendale House will ensure that it retains its status as one of the most popular workspace buildings in the Northern Quarter. I am sure that post refurbishment works the building will continue to be a thriving creative hub”.