Posted by Zoe Boddy-McEwen

Posted 18 January, 2011 OBI NEWS

One of the best-known buildings in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, the Grade II Listed Sevendale House is set for a major £6M refurbishment project to restore it to its former grandeur and to provide modern office space to the city market.   If the planning application now lodged with Manchester City Council is approved, this will be one of the largest projects of its type in the city in the last decade.

Dating from 1903, Sevendale House comprises 120,000 sq ft and occupies a prominent island site within the Conservation Area of Stevenson Square.  At the completion of the refurbishment, it will be able to house over 700 workers who will animate the Stevenson Square area and provide the critical mass to sustain and improve its retail and leisure offering.

According to Mark Davies, Director of Philip J Davies (Holdings) PLC, the owners,  the long term plan has been to wait for several lease expiries to occur before carrying out the major investment that will preserve and restore its unique features and to create a modern office working environment within its listed façade.  He commented: “This is our first opportunity in twenty-five years to carry out the long awaited renaissance of this significant building which will also enhance the attractions of the Northern Quarter to office users requiring good quality space in a great location with competitive overheads.

Adds Dominic Horridge, Building Consultancy Partner at OBI Property:  “On behalf of our client, we have worked closely with both Manchester City Council and English Heritage over the past months on this important application and believe we have their support and confidence in our client’s ability and commitment to deliver this project.

The architects for the scheme are Stephenson Bell.

It is believed that the planning application will be considered in early March 2011.