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Spinningfields
Spinningfields
is an area of Manchester
Manchester
city centre, in North West England, developed in the 2000s between Deansgate
Deansgate
and the River Irwell by Allied London
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
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.

Contents

1 History 2 Present day 3 Future developments

3.1 Granada Studios
Granada Studios
acquisition

4 References 5 External links

History[edit] See also: History of Manchester The proposal to create a central business district originated in 1997 when Allied London
Allied London
purchased a number of buildings around the John Rylands Library. Allied London
Allied London
executive Mike Ingall was convinced of the site's regeneration potential and Manchester
Manchester
City Council was keen to redevelop the city centre after the 1996 Manchester
Manchester
bombing.[1] The development, named from a narrow street which ran westwards from Deansgate, is bounded by Bridge Street to the north, Quay Street
Quay Street
to the south, Deansgate
Deansgate
to the east, and the River Irwell
River Irwell
to the west.[2] Financial Times
Financial Times
said in 2012 that the development spread over 22 acres (89,000 m2) and contained 3 million sq ft of office space.[3] By 2008 many had been completed and others were under construction or in the planning stages. The structural, civil and geo-environmental engineers were Capita Symonds Structures based in Cheadle Hulme. Following the demolition of the old Manchester
Manchester
Magistrates' Court in 2006, the vacant space became Hardman Square, a new public realm area created in the centre of Spinningfields.[4] The area was never intended to be a permanent public space, but Allied London
Allied London
later decided not to develop on the land and instead leave it as a green area within Spinningfields.[5] The financial crisis of 2007–2010 resulted in Allied London
Allied London
almost leaving the development half-completed but the company reached an agreement with the city council who bought the freeholds of 1 and 2 Hardman Square and 2 and 3 Hardman Boulevard which allowed the development to proceed.[6][7] Deborah Linton of the Manchester
Manchester
Evening News claimed the cost of the freeholds would be in the region of £15 million;[8] and it later emerged that £15.9 million was paid.[9] Allied London
Allied London
marketed Spinningfields
Spinningfields
retail area as a "Knightsbridge of the North" after letting 2 Spinningfields
Spinningfields
Square (renamed 1 The Avenue) to Emporio Armani & Armani Collezioni. The scheme's flagship thoroughfare, The Avenue, was created to attract high-end stores, traditionally based on nearby King Street. The project has come under scrutiny due to its performance, with the Manchester Evening News describing The Avenue as a "ghost town",[10] whilst contrasting its performance with the thriving businesses in the bohemian Northern Quarter elsewhere in the city.[10]

Office blocks in Spinningfields, viewed from Hardman Square

By 2010 Manchester
Manchester
City Council noted in a report that around 16,000 people were employed in Spinningfields
Spinningfields
and that the area now accounted for over 35% of Manchester's prime office space.[11] A large number of firms in Spinningfields
Spinningfields
were noted to be financial and professional services companies.[11] Since 2001, twelve buildings had been developed including seven different office blocks and 450 apartments, according to the report.[11] In July 2010, Allied London
Allied London
scrapped the ' Manchester
Manchester
Hotel' project which would have replaced Manchester
Manchester
House. Instead a retail and office development incorporating a retail arcade linking Bridge Street to The Avenue was created by reconfiguring the building. Tower 12, the building in question, was also refurbished. In July 2013 it was announced that work is set to begin on 1 Hardman Street, a five-storey office block, with tenant MediaCom
MediaCom
to occupy the entire 17,000 sq ft building.[12][13] Mike Ingall described it as "a watershed for the restart of commercial development at the estate, which has been on hold since the completion of 3 Hardman Street
3 Hardman Street
in 2009".[12] In November Allied London
Allied London
submitted plans for a new office block, the Cotton Building.[14] Planning permission was granted for the ten-storey building in January 2014.[15] Allied London
Allied London
began construction after securing a £15m loan towards the building; the North West Evergreen Fund provided £10m and Greater Manchester Combined Authority's Growing Places fund supplied £5m.[16] In March 2016, with the building – renamed as XYZ – nearing completion and fully pre-let, Allied London
Allied London
sold it to Union Investment
Union Investment
for £85 million.[17] Also in January 2014, Allied London
Allied London
submitted plans for the demolition of Quay House and the construction of Number One Spinningfields, a 19-storey high-rise designed by SimpsonHaugh and Partners. The building will provide over 340,000 square feet of office space and will feature a restaurant on the top floor. Ingall stated that "No 1 Spinningfields
Spinningfields
will be the district's most imposing building to date and one of Manchester's most stand-out office buildings".[18] Allied London agreed a pre-let with PwC
PwC
for 50,000 sq ft in March 2015, with demolition of Quay House beginning thereafter.[19] In February 2017 the building topped out, with full completion scheduled for July.[20] Present day[edit]

Spinningfields
Spinningfields
Footbridge a new footbridge linking Spinningfields
Spinningfields
in Manchester
Manchester
and New Bailey in Salford

The area is dominated by commercial office developments and has been described as the " Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
of the North";[21][22] the Financial Times has noted, "London has Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
and Paris has La Défense, Manchester
Manchester
has its own modern financial centre in the form of Spinningfields".[23] Its anchor tenants include Regus, Barclays, DAC Beachcroft, Deloitte, HSBC Bank, Grant Thornton International, Guardian Media Group and Royal Bank of Scotland.[24] Flagship buildings include 1 The Avenue
1 The Avenue
and the Civil Justice Centre. Across from 1 Hardman Boulevard is 2 Hardman Street, occupied by Deloitte
Deloitte
and, after the Manchester
Manchester
Evening News moved out in 2010,[25] DWF.[26] Manchester
Manchester
Evening News vacated the site and relocated offices to Chadderton
Chadderton
following the sale of the title from the Guardian Media Group to Trinity Mirror. 3 Hardman Street
3 Hardman Street
was constructed on the old Manchester
Manchester
Evening News building. The 16-storey building was designed by Sheppard Robson was completed in 2009 and is the second tallest building in Spinningfields. Residential buildings take the form of the 16-storey Leftbank Apartments,[27] which overlook the Irwell. Situated in the area is the People's History Museum, a former pump house, and on the other side of the river is Salford Central railway station.

The Manchester
Manchester
Civil Justice Centre
Civil Justice Centre
is currently the tallest building in Spinningfields
Spinningfields
and the sixth tallest in Manchester

Spinningfields
Spinningfields
is home to various different law courts. Manchester Crown Court, in Crown Square, is in the area; adjacent is Manchester City Magistrates' Court and Coroner's Court. The Manchester
Manchester
Civil Justice Centre, an 80-metre (262 ft) tall building was completed in 2007.[28] The Civil Justice Centre
Civil Justice Centre
was the first major court complex built in Britain since George Edmund Street's Royal Courts of Justice in London completed in 1882.[29] Also completed in 2007 are 3 and 4 Hardman Square designed by Norman Foster. 3 Hardman Square was occupied by Halliwells LLP [30] until it went into administration in 2010.[31] Number 4 is occupied by HSBC Bank and Grant Thornton. Leftbank Apartments are close to a cluster of restaurants including Café Rouge, Carluccio's, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Giraffe, Ha! Ha!, Strada, Wagamama
Wagamama
and Zizzi. Living Ventures owns four establishments in Spinningfields: Artisan, The Alchemist, Australasia, and Manchester House. Manchester
Manchester
House is a £3 million fine dining establishment which opened in September 2013 and featured on BBC2
BBC2
documentary Restaurant Wars.[32] Fast food operators represented include: Costa Coffee, Greggs, Philpotts and Pret a Manger. The Spinningfields
Spinningfields
area was voted by Manchester
Manchester
residents as being the most family-friendly area in Manchester
Manchester
in a 2013 study by hotel chain Premier Inn.[33] A new street food initiative has been announced for Spring/Summer 2015 named 'The Kitchens',[34] which will host a number of local traders on the Leftbank area of Spinningfields. Future developments[edit] Granada Studios
Granada Studios
acquisition[edit] Main article: St John's, Manchester Following the decision of ITV to relocate from its Granada Studios site adjacent to Spinningfields, in order to move to the nearby MediaCityUK
MediaCityUK
development, the 13.5 acre plot on Quay Street
Quay Street
became available for development.[35] After entering into negotiations with sellers ITV, Allied London, alongside Manchester
Manchester
City Council, acquired the land in September 2013 in a £26.5 million deal. The council and Allied London
Allied London
have created a partnership under the name of Manchester
Manchester
Quays Limited, and plan to jointly redevelop the site, renamed St John's, into a mixed-use area featuring apartments, retail and 1.2 million square feet of office space.[36] References[edit]

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Bibliography

Kellie, Euan (2010). Rebuilding Manchester. DB Publishing. ISBN 978-1-85983-786-3. 

External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Spinningfields
Spinningfields
- Albert Square.

Official developer's site Manchester
Manchester
City Council's Regeneration Team Article at Manchester
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