Construction work has begun on yet another new office building in central Manchester, 1 New York Street.
Architects Denton Corker Marshall has designed the scheme that takes the idea of blockiness literally by being a stack of glass bricks piled up together with each section visually taking up two levels and half the building width contributing to a uniformed and yet slightly irregular appearance.
Although there are several overhangs as the building rises, the upper block is the most visually arresting with the corner of it jutting out diagonally giving it an edge with a difference from the usual top floors that are stepped back from the street.
This look has already been used successfully in a number of Manchester office buildings including the Civil Justice Centre that shares the same architect as 1 New York Street.
Within it will provide about 8,500 square metres over 12 storeys. On the ground level will be a plushly furnished entrance lobby and the usual smattering of cafes to suck sandwich hungry workers into.
Thanks to the offsetting of the service core to one side of the building, there will be large unobstructed square shaped floor-plates for clients to occupy that allow open place offices taking up entire floors.
It's located on a site that is stands at the junction of Mosley Street and York Street on the site of the former BT building above a secret underground Cold War phone exchange that still exists.
Assuming they get the end materials right the floor to ceiling glass curtain walling that dominates the exterior could result in smooth and sharply clad addition to Manchester's office market.
Completion of the £25 million scheme by contractor Robert McAlpine is set March 2009.
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