Posted 27 October, 2016 OBI NEWS
Works on the former St James’s House on John Dalton Street in Manchester have commenced after planning permission was granted for a substantial refurbishment by Manchester City Council. The newly renamed Dalton Place will be transformed to provide 65,000 sq ft of Grade A office space over six floors, with the existing ground floor retail space converted into four units aimed at restaurant and café operators.
Designed by Cartwright Pickard, Dalton Place will benefit from new curtain walling glazing, a striking new reception area accessed off John Dalton Street, reconfigured floorplates and a 6th floor roof terrace. Due for completion in May 2017, OBI Property is project managing the redevelopment and is also provide leasing advice on the office accommodation, with Metis Real Estate responsible for letting the retail/leisure space. Styles & Wood have been employed as main contractor.
Joe Weilding, OBI Property said: “Dalton Place has been comprehensively redesigned to provide modern, sustainable space in a highly sought after central Manchester location. The brief was to produce a product that was “best in class” and we believe Dalton Place will achieve that goal. The office space will provide contemporary Grade A space that will compete on quality with the new buildings currently under construction but offer value for money for the end user. Discussions are already underway with potential occupiers.”
Dan Davies at Metis added: “John Dalton Street is already an established leisure location in the centre of Manchester that has proven popular with operators ranging from Pizza Express, Byron and Bills to Restaurant Bar & Grill and Grill on the Alley. It’s an exciting time for this part of Manchester with El Gato Negra and Caffe Grand by Piccolino all opening recently. Now that planning consent has been secured we look forward to progressing with interested parties for this new cluster of four restaurants.”
The full design team includes; REDS – M&E Consultant, Tier – Structural Engineer, Deloitte’s – Planning Consultant.