Ground and first floor extension planned for St James’s Tower

Photo: Ground and first floor extension planned for St James’s Tower

OBI Property has announced planning permission has been received from Manchester City Council to extend the ground and first floor of St James’s Tower, Charlotte Street, Manchester, M1 4DZ.

The ground and first floors will be extended to the back of the pavement line on Charlotte Street creating quality glazed retail/leisure units on the ground floor.  The Grade A office space on the first floor will extended to provide a total net internal area of 14,941 sq ft.

Building owner British Airways Pension Fund has brought forward the expansion plans which retains the double height entrance to the reception on Charlotte Street outlining the position of the tower behind it and reflecting the historic street pattern through the site.

OBI Property is acting in an asset management capacity and is also projecting managing the construction works.  Joe Weilding, building consultancy, OBI Property said:  “We are pleased the new plans for St James’s Tower have been approved.  The extension will provide a new street presence a building the size of St James’s Tower deserves, making a destination for new retail and leisure operators in the city centre and providing much needed Grade A office space over a large single floor plate.”

The expansion news follows JLT’s recent decision to commit to the building until 2031 in 26,000 sq ft across the 2nd and 3rd floors and an additional 17,750 sq ft of new office lettings completed over the past 12 months.

Diane Ellis, associate planner, Zerum said:  “The extended ground and first floor of St James Tower will create a striking addition to Charlotte Street and pull the building forward to fully engage with the street, respecting the building’s context in the vibrant city centre.”

The extended ground and first floors will be constructed of full height high-quality curtain walling complimenting the existing building materials.

The project team comprises OBI Property, Zerum, AHR Architects, Clancy Consulting, Donald Insall Associates, REDS and Sandy Brown.

OBI Property and Savills are leasing agents on the building.

This news was published by Place North West.