The comprehensive £6.5million redevelopment of the prominent Jackson House in Sale has completed, unveiling 130,000 sq ft of the highest quality office space.
Property company CEG has managed the delivery of a building which is set to rival the city centre offer, as well as boasting the largest single floor plates of any office in South Manchester at almost 30,000 sq ft.
Jackson House has been transformed with a circa 2,000 sq ft extension, a striking contemporary glazed double-height entrance reception, gym, café and terrace, complete with a variety of spaces to eat, meet, drink and work with access to free WiFi and plug in points.
The ‘pop out’ windows complete the new look and a new cycle hub and electric vehicle charging points have been installed, alongside the refurbishment of interior business suites.
Designed with sustainability in mind, the redevelopment has provided Grade A office space with energy efficient lighting and heating solutions, enhanced by new thermally efficient windows. As well as reducing customer’s operating costs this has delivered an appealing working environment for staff.
Robert Morton, investment manager at CEG, explains: “This multimillion-pound refurbishment, extension and rebrand has been delivered with our business customers in mind. This striking High Street building provides healthy, sustainable and productive space designed to attract and retain the best talent, whether a small business or multi-national corporate.
“Offering a private garden for customers, new café and deli with atrium seating, meeting rooms, video meeting facilities and innovative break out spaces for working or informal meetings, it is creating a high level of interest from businesses in Manchester and beyond.”
Up to 78,000 sq ft is available across three-storeys. Workspace from 14,000 to 29,000 offers EPC A rated eco-friendly offices and all of the building’s energy supply comes from renewable sources, with 100% of the waste generated being diverted from landfill. Improvements to the glazing, lighting, heating and ventilation have helped to significantly improved the energy rating as part of the redevelopment.
The refurbishment has also unveiled CEG’s Let Ready range of studio space for smaller and fast-growing businesses. Six Let Ready Studios offer fully- furnished workspace for teams of 8 to 18 people, complete with modern kitchens, dedicated meeting rooms or they can be provided ready for the tenant’s bespoke fit out if preferred. The studios enable a company to move in, plug in and start work immediately. Grow-working space at its best, the individual studios offer companies the opportunity to be part of a wider thriving business community.
The offer is designed to provide a post-Covid solution to businesses needing easy-in, easy-out flexible leases with the ability to grow and contract on-site. CEG’s innovative approach to leasing delivers more flexibility and can even provide for tenant fit outs which reduces an occupier’s capital spend. The company’s Core and Flex model allows a business to expand and contract within the space. This helps to manage uncertainty, as well as company growth, seasonal demand and the effects that social distancing will have on office requirements.
An on-site Life team is also available to tenants, dedicated to making occupier’s lives easier and healthier. The team, along with the Life app, help to create a more collaborative and productive community, from booking meeting rooms, arranging dry cleaning, organising events, bike maintenance or fitness classes, to helping with information about local shopping, offers and activity discounts.
Jackson House offers unrivalled accessibility being just five minutes’ walk from the Metrolink which provides direct services to Manchester City Centre. It sits adjacent to M&S and close to other shops and facilities on the High Street. It is also minutes from the motorway network and has extensive on-site car parking and cycle space with showers and secure bike lockers.
Currently home to IBM, Sesame Banking Group, Reassured and AA Projects, Canning O’Neill and Savills have been appointed as letting agents to market the new-look space.
Conrad O’Neill, Director of Canning O’Neill, comments: “This transformation has without a doubt delivered the market-leading office building along the A56 corridor – one of South Manchester’s strategic arterial routes.
“With flexibility, well-being, on-site amenity and sustainability, the building meets the changing needs of office occupiers in the post-Covid world. With outstanding facilities and great connectivity it provides quality small furnished suites to entire floors and up to a total of 78,000 sq ft for corporate occupiers seeking headquarter space.
“Companies which have been reticent to commit earlier in the pandemic are now becoming more active in real estate decision making and we’re already in active dialogue on a number of enquiries. Healthy, flexible space and lease terms, and the opportunity to not face up front fit out costs, makes Jackson House all the more desirable.”
Richard Lowe, Director at Savills, comments: “Jackson House is the best example of a truly flexible space in South Manchester. Occupiers can take traditional leases or core and flex, enabling them to rapidly scale up or down as the need arises. The reception raises the bar in terms of first impressions and the café and business lounge facilities brings a city centre quality product to the out of town office market.”
The extension and renovation were delivered by local company, Contract Services. The northern based team were predominantly from Manchester and included architects, Garnett Netherwood, interior design was by Jolie Studios. Hilton Moran provided M&E services, AKT was the structural engineer and Rex Proctor project managed the redevelopment.