Delivering Successful Projects20th May 2016
City Tower is a 30 storey landmark building located in the Piccadilly area of Manchester – a busy, commercial region of the city. The existing premises are surrounded by numerous restaurants, hotels, retail outlets, cafes, bars etc. together with a large bus depot on the Piccadilly Gardens side of the tower. The ground floor of the building is used a public thoroughfare, whilst also providing access to numerous retail and business units.
Following the acquisition of City Tower in 2015 by Schroders, ID:SR, the interior design arm of architects Sheppard Robson, working in partnership with fit out specialist Overbury North were appointed to carry out a partial Cat A refurbishment of the building in order update the space and attract and retain new and existing tenants.
Works included a phased refurbishment of the ground floor level to provide an enhanced user experience within the busy mall area. The existing reception area was remodelled to include a business lounge with the installation of a tree pit to accommodate a live tree. The car deck reception area was also updated. Existing retail benefit from the installation of new shop fronts and in addition new pop-up retail spaces have been incorporated into the space including a Doddle store – a brand new concept in parcel delivery and collection.
Overbury also carried out refurbishment to some lift lobbies and WCs. Three floor plates were fitted out to provide up to date office spaces to Cat A standard.
Ian Turner, project manager at Overbury North said: “The location of a project inevitably brings with different challenges. City Tower is situated in the centre of Manchester, backing on to Piccadilly Gardens. The building’s location meant that there were minimal loading areas so delivery times needed to be strict. The scheme also includes a public thoroughfare through to New York Street, so the safety of the public as well as the occupiers was paramount.
“As with many office refurbishments, City Tower is a multi tenanted building, and we worked closely with Schroders and the project team to ensure there was minimal disruption whilst the refurbishment was carried out.
“We also need to factor in bespoke requirements asked by our clients, such as the installation of a live tree at City Tower, which has been erected on the ground floor to provide a more natural environment within the building.”
“The close relationship between Schroders and the project team is testament to the successful delivery of City Tower. The finished project now offers an enhanced user experience for people passing from New York St to Piccadilly Gardens and an exciting commercial space that will attract and retain tenants.”