Hunter Real Estate Investment Managers is seeking approval from Salford City Council to transform the development, creating more than 400,000 sq ft of Grade A office space over six buildings with new entrances, reception and common areas, lifts and facilities. Additionally, the public space throughout Exchange Quay will be redeveloped.
The programme of works will be undertaken in a phased approach over a period of about 12 months with work set to start as soon as planning permission has been granted.
Iain Leheny, fund manager at Hunter, said; “Since the acquisition of Exchange Quay we have been working hard with our entire project team to master-plan the development and determine how to maximise its immense potential. In addition to producing some of the best quality office space in Greater Manchester, we want to create a superb, vibrant environment that all our occupiers can enjoy and be proud of. We have given great consideration as to how we can bring about a real sense of community and this is reflected in our plans for the new amenity centre which we envisage will be the ‘hub’ of the development.”
David Holt, divisional director at Keppie Design Manchester and appointed architect for Exchange Quay, said; “The design brief for Exchange Quay was to provide a modern, efficient and attractive working environment, both internally and externally, and to make the development more accessible, sustainable and prominent. The application has been designed to achieve this brief and we have also endeavoured to maximise Exchange Quay’s fantastic riverside location by creating spaces for occupiers and visitors to enjoy.”