No.1 Spinningfields

Simpson Haugh completes 20-storey landmark tower in Manchester


Daniel Hopkinson

Designed by Simpson Haugh, No.1 Spinningfields is the focal point of a new office-led, mixed-use district on the western edge of Manchester city centre. The £73m development forms part of a cluster of high-rise buildings including the Civil Justice Centre, 3 Hardman Street and Albert Bridge House.

Commissioned by Allied London, the 20-storey landmark building includes six 2300-square-metre podium office floors capable of housing financial dealing rooms. An 11-storey tower component with 1000-square-metre floorplates can be subdivided into two tenancies if required. The office space is supplemented by 1100-square-metres of retail accommodation, as well as a rooftop restaurant and terrace providing 360-degree views over the city.


Level two and nine floor plans

At street level, the scheme feature a double-height ground floor and mezzanine, including a 7.2-metre-high reception space. Above, deep-plan office floors cantilever towards Byrom Street. As well as emphasising the importance of the corner with Quay Street, the 7.5 metre cantilever is designed to protect the active ground floor street frontages and entrances. It is supported by trusses that are visible through the glazing, and has a continuous soffit that provides a visual connection to the reception. The tower cantilevers 4.5 metres into Hardman Square from level three, increasing its presence on the urban space below.


Informed by solar radiation analysis, the high-performance, triple-glazed facade incorporates a range of solar coatings and ceramic frits to reduce overheating and maximise daylight transmission.

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Delivery architect
Axis Architects
Structural engineer
Services engineer
Allied London


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