Office space in Manchester is forecast to have a bright future in 2022 by, but offices will be different.

Many office workers are now spending at least part of the week working from home, but this does not signify the end of demand for new office space in Manchester. Figures for 2021 show an improved take-up of office space after the difficulties of 2020.

Amongst the many new office deals is one by video game developer cloud who, in 2022, will occupy 87,000 sq. ft. of space in Allied London’s Manchester Goods Yard. Meanwhile, Bruntwood SciTech is among the many organisations taking up 2022 space in Circle Square.

In light of the pressure on properties to be carbon neutral, many landlords have refurbished buildings to make them more energy efficient and this will continue in 2022. The Eden at New Bailey development should be completed this year and is expected to be the greenest office space in Manchester The developer Brentwood is working on plans for a net-zero carbon timber-framed office in Manchester, though this may not be completed by the end of 2022.

Finally, it is expected that there will be more demand for flexible working. Deloitte is amongst the many major companies that are opting not to commit to long-term leases. They have taken up office space in Manchester managed by one of the leading flexible work companies, WeWork. It is forecast that more landlords will go down a similar route as they navigate the Covid landscape.