Major construction projects will bring more office space to Manchester in 2021, reshaping the city skyline in the process.
Despite a challenging 2020 for Manchester property market due to the virus pandemic and the uncertainty about Brexit, several developers successfully applied for planning permission for major projects
The 13-storey Poulton and 9-storey Republic office buildings are being constructed as part of the Mayfield development. They will provide a workplace area of 319,900 square feet.
In the city centre, Noma is an £800m development of 563,000 square feet. It will house e-retailer Amazon’s first UK office outside of London. Manchester City Council has granted planning permission to extend this development in Angel Square to provide more retail, office and leisure space.
At the Manchester Goods Yard near St Johns, a 400,000 square feet office building is expected to be completed in 2021 to house Booking.com’s new headquarters.
The new Manchester office spaces will provide many job opportunities in the city. Several new residential apartment buildings are being constructed to house people attracted to Manchester for its employment opportunities and vibrant social life. Notable projects include 855 apartments at what has been nicknamed the “Blade” and “Cylinder” buildings near the Mancunian Way. First Street is a major co-living development.
The challenge of the virus pandemic has not damped the optimism of property developers, who are certain that there will continue to be a high demand for office space in and around the Manchester area.