Croft on planning team for Manchester’s Daily Express Building

Daily Express building, Manchester (From Wikimedia Commons)

Croft Transport Planning & Design has been selected as part of the planning team for a major refurbishment of Manchester’s Daily Express Building.

OBI Property has submitted a planning application on behalf of private clients to fully refurbish Manchester’s 81,000 sq ft grade two-listed building which dates back to 1939.

Under the plans, the Ancoats building will be fully stripped out with a full redesign of the building’s reception, including a spiral staircase linking the ground and first floors. A new mezzanine level will also be installed on the building’s sixth floor.

Designed by Ben Adams Architects, the new office space will be targeted at digital and tech occupiers once complete.

James Bostock, of OBI Property said: “The Express Building is a Manchester landmark and it is incredibly exciting to be involved in breathing a new lease of life into the well-known and much-loved building.

“Our intention is to raise the bar in Manchester; combining efficient, super connected workspace, with unrivalled occupier amenities in one of the most dynamic areas of the city centre.”

Croft is advising on highways matters for the refurbishment. The professional team for the project also includes OBI Property as leasing agent, project manager, cost consultant and contract administrator; Tier Consult as structural engineer; Zerum as M&E and planning consultant; and Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture as heritage consultant.

Photo credit:
By zero from Manchester, UK (DSC00267.JPG) [CC BY 2.0 or CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons