OBI Property today confirmed planning permission has been granted by Manchester City Council to London based real estate investor and developer Boultbee Brooks Real Estate (BBRE) which will see 67-75 Mosley Street transformed into high quality office space with new retail/leisure opportunities.
The 66,047 sq ft development is being project managed by OBI Property and designed by PRP. The application brings the two buildings together into one address – 75 Mosley Street. Access to the offices will be via a new central reception and a new 7,189 sq ft seventh floor will span across both buildings and includes a small terrace.
Roger James, BBRE Development Director said: “We’re very pleased to have been granted planning permission for 75 Mosley Street. It is a very exciting development which will bring new life to the buildings and will continue our investment and commitment to schemes in Manchester City Centre.”
At ground level, the Bank of China which occupies 2,788 at 67 Mosley Street will remain; BBRE has also recently secured a new lease to China Visa Services which is set to take the adjacent 2,549 sq ft unit fronting on to Mosley Street. Two new retail/leisure spaces of 3,512 sq ft and 4,081 sq ft will be created on the Nicholas Street side of 75 Mosley Street, facing the art gallery.
Oliver Thomas, Building Consultancy at OBI Property, said: “75 Mosley Street is an exciting project, bringing forward over 66,000 sq ft of office and leisure space which will stand apart from other Manchester schemes. Mosley Street is an important historical artery in the City, linking Piccadilly to St Peter’s Square. The development has already received very positive interest for both the retail and office space.”
The offices above will be refurbished to a Cat A specification and will include exposed services. The East Wing (formerly 73 Mosley Street) will comprise 17,050 sq ft over 5 floors, while there will be 35,401 sq ft of offices over 7 floors in the West Wing (formerly 75 Mosley Street) boasting a fully glazed penthouse office suite spanning over both buildings.
The exterior of 73 Mosley Street will be removed and replaced with a new anthracite zinc façade and will include floor to ceiling height windows while the original Portland Stone exterior of 75 Mosley Street will be fully repaired and restored.
Fiona Sadler, Associate, PRP said: “75 Mosley Street is a truly individual building in Manchester, built in 1964. It’s Portland Stone façade is wonderful and we’re really pleased we are able to repair and restore it as part of the development.”
Zerum provided planning advice, the other design team members are: structural engineers Tier; services engineers and Reds and Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture. Work should start on site in autumn 2016 and be complete for summer 2017.
Diane Ellis, Associate Planner, Zerum said: “We have pushed to ensure that these buildings can reach their true potential working closely with BBRE, the design team and with Manchester City Council’s planning team. This is great news for the developing story along Mosley Street and we look forward to seeing the finished product in 2017.”
BBRE has invested £28 million into the Manchester City office market. BBRE is a privately owned property company with a development and investment portfolio valued at £350 million. The company is a major investor in London, South East and key regional cities.
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