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Does Allied London's Digital Future Look Like This?

Enterprise park, St John's District, developer Allied London March 2018
Enterprise Campus at St John's, Manchester

Could this be the future of Manchester's tech and digital sector?

Allied London hope it will be, as they announce a new vision for the 726K SF Enterprise City scheme, the latest element of their emerging St John's District, Quay Street.

Although Allied London are committed to Enterprise City, the future of this design is uncertain. The integrated series of buildings is "only a concept," Allied London Chief Executive Mike Ingall said at a MIPIM launch. Architects are Child Graddon Lewis.

"The building if developed would be an extension of Enterprise City and be adjacent to the new Factory arts centre, and replace a part of the Trinity Islands development, deliberately designed for modern industry and have a real purpose focused on inward investment for enterprising business," Ingall said.

Enterprise City provides infrastructure for startups and disruptive industries, and also for established businesses — film, TV and music: media, retail and the creative sectors.

ABC Building, developer Allied London, Quay Street, Manchester - St John's development
ABC Building, Quay Street — part of the St John's Development

Allied London have also revealed new images — and a retro direction — for the 181K SF ABC building, Quay Street.

This collection of '60s buildings has been empty for nearly 10 years and were earmarked for demolition by the former owners, to be replaced with a single large office building. However, Allied London have praised the architecture and design as "true '60s" and will readapt the ABC buildings, with architects Levitt Bernstein, to enhance the original 1960s architectural features.

Due for a launch later this summer, it will be an early phase of Enterprise City.

St John's will total 2M SF of office floorspace in 18 buildings, along with leisure and residential.

Soho House Group are already signed up for a 210-bed hotel in the refurbished Granada Studios office building. This year will also see the start on-site of the 100K SF Globe & Simpson HQ and the New York-themed Manchester Goods Yard — a flexible 200K SF building arranged over three main workspace wings.

Related Topics: Allied London, Soho House Group