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No.1 Spinningfields
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No.1 Spinningfields, 18 August 2017
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Location within Greater Manchester
General information
Location Quay Street
United Kingdom
Coordinates 53°28′44″N2°15′17″W / 53.4789°N 2.2546°W / 53.4789; -2.2546 Coordinates: 53°28′44″N2°15′17″W / 53.4789°N 2.2546°W / 53.4789; -2.2546
Antenna spire92 metres (302 ft)
Technical details
Floor count20
Floor area34,000 m2 (370,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect SimpsonHaugh and Partners
Developer Allied London
Structural engineer RoC Consulting

No.1 Spinningfields (formerly 1 Hardman Square) is a 92-metre office tower in the Spinningfields district of Manchester city centre, Manchester in the United Kingdom.

Spinningfields human settlement in United Kingdom

Spinningfields is an area of Manchester city centre, in North West England, developed in the 2000s between Deansgate and the River Irwell by Allied London Properties. The £1.5 billion project consists of twenty new buildings, totalling approximately 430,000 sq metres of commercial, residential and retail space. It takes its name from Spinningfield, a narrow street which ran westwards from Deansgate. In 1968, Spinningfield and the area to the south were turned into Spinningfield Square, an open paved area. The Manchester Civil Justice Centre is a landmark building of the scheme and construction commenced on 1 Spinningfields, a 90-metre office building, in early 2015.

Manchester city centre central business district of the City of Manchester, England

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The development was previously known as 1 Hardman Square which was a 140-metre skyscraper but was cancelled in 2009. The development was revived in 2014 with a 92-metre office tower and the revised design gained planning approval in May 2014. Demolition of the former building on the site, Quay House, began in early 2015 and construction of its replacement began shortly afterwards. [2]


1 Hardman Square (2004-2013)

The skyscraper was first proposed in 2004, linking in with the new developments in the Spinningfields district of Manchester and the growth in proposals for skyscrapers in the city at the time. The financial crisis of 2007–2008 paralysed the development market, particularly in the expensive sector of constructing skyscrapers.

Financial crisis of 2007–2008 Global financial crisis

The financial crisis of 2007–2008, also known as the global financial crisis and the 2008 financial crisis, was a severe worldwide economic crisis considered by many economists to have been the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, to which it is often compared.

In 2011, it was reported that developers of the tower, Allied London, were on the verge of sealing a £165m deal with German fund manager, Union Investment. [3] As part of the deal, Union Investments will forward-purchase 1 Hardman Square, thus giving Allied London capital to construct the skyscraper. [4] Construction of the skyscraper will be dependent on whether Allied London can sign up tenants for half the building, which could take up to two years as the economy recovers. [5] [6]

Allied London is a property development and investment company that develops landmark projects ranging from re-use to regeneration developments across retail, commercial, office, residential, restaurant, and leisure sectors. The company also offers rental options. They own several buildings in the Spinningfields area of Manchester, as well as Glasgow, Leeds and London.

Union Investment company

Union Investment is the investment arm of the DZ Bank Group and part of the cooperative financial services network. It was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in Frankfurt.

No.1 Spinningfields (2014-2017)

Following the news in 2011 that a deal to build a 350,000 sq ft office tower was possible, plans for such a scheme were finally released in January 2014 and submitted for planning permission. The 92-metre tower will contain 350,000 sq ft of Grade A office space over 20 storeys. [7] The building will be Manchester's tallest office block since CIS Tower, constructed in 1962. [8]

CIS Tower skyscraper on Miller Street in Manchester, England

The CIS Tower is an office skyscraper on Miller Street in Manchester, England. It was completed in 1962 and rises to 387 feet in height. The Grade II listed building, which houses the Co-operative Banking Group, is Manchester's fifth-tallest building and the tallest office building in the United Kingdom outside London. The tower remained as built for over 40 years until maintenance issues on the service tower required an extensive renovation which included covering its facade in photovoltaic panels.

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