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Marketing Manchester at Piccadilly Basin
24-8-2007
Marketing Manchester has signed up on a fifteen year lease to take 7,130sq ft of office space over two floors at a rent of circa £20 per square foot in the listed Carvers Warehouse office development within Piccadilly Basin. This latest letting follows the recent announcement by developers, Town Centre Securities, that consulting engineers Martin Stockley Associates have signed up to take 6,275 sq ft over the top two floors of the historic building within their £250M mixed use scheme. The sensitively restored Carvers Warehouse is the oldest surviving warehouse in Manchester city centre, retaining virtually all of its original timber and cast iron internal structure with its external walls constructed wholly from stone. The unique building with its contemporary extension offers approx 22,263 sq ft of office space over 5 floors, with just one floor now remaining in the sought-after warehouse. The refurbishment is due for completion during 2007. Marketing Manchester, who were represented by Lambert Smith Hampton, aim to move into the development in December this year. Currently based at Churchgate House on Oxford Street in Manchester, Marketing Manchester was established in 1996 as the Agency to promote Manchester on a national and international stage. In 2004 Marketing Manchester became The Tourist Board for Greater Manchester. Talking of their relocation, Development Director for Town Centre Securities and Piccadilly Basin, Richard Lewis, says; ”To have secured such a prolific tenant as Marketing Manchester to the scheme is testament to the confidence in Piccadilly Basin. We are firm supporters of the work of Marketing Manchester and are delighted to have the organisation that promotes Manchester based within our scheme.” Piccadilly Basin has witnessed a flurry of activity in recent months, with the framework rapidly rising on the 31,450sq ft headquarters building for BDP Architects. The BDP building will be the first naturally ventilated commercial building in Manchester to receive a BREEAM rating of excellent, showing the clear dedication to environmental sustainability being practised. Detailed consent has also been granted for Phase 2 of the offices, the 87,583sq ft Eider House again designed by Ian Simpson Architects. In addition to the offices, there are 140 luxury apartments within the two stylish residential buildings, Vantage Quay and Jacksons Warehouse, which overlook the canal. Completing the mix of metropolitan living offered round the clock at Piccadilly Basin, is the highly acclaimed Moon Bar & Restaurant, The Cotton House and Kro restaurant and bar and the flagship ILVA furniture store. Office agents on the scheme are Lambert Smith Hampton and Cushman & Wakefield.
Name: Richard Dunn
Email: richard.dunn@tcs-plc.co.uk
Tel: 0113 222 1234

Planning approved for Retail Village
24-8-2007
Planning approval has been granted for the Retail Village at Piccadilly Basin following the approval of two planning applications submitted by the scheme developers, Town Centre Securities PLC.  The approved planning for the next phase of the £250M Town Centre Securities Piccadilly Basin regeneration scheme incorporated two applications, the first for 58 apartments with a 12,165sq ft waterside restaurant and the second, a larger mixed use application for 40,300sq ft of retail space, 4,166sq ft of offices and an additional 159 apartments.  Richard Lewis, Development Director of Town Centre Securities, says; “This latest vote of confidence in Piccadilly Basin brings us one step closer to achieving our vision of a sustainable, true mixed use regeneration scheme. The retail units and additional apartments will superbly complement the existing offering and, along with the refurbishment of Brownsfield Mill, further enhance the blend of historic and new buildings already within the scheme.  “We have taken great care to extend our commitment to sustainability and the green agenda to this new phase and are working in line with the eco-homes criteria in order to achieve, at the very least, an EcoHomes rating of Very Good. All elements of this varied and exciting scheme are progressing well and with the planning now approved for the next phase, Piccadilly Basin is realising its potential.”  This latest phase follows on from Phase 1 of the offices, which is well underway with refurbishment of the historic listed Carvers Warehouse which will create 6 floors of high quality office space, retaining many original features, around a glazed contemporary extension. The refurbishment is due for completion during 2007 and the framework is rapidly rising on the 31,450sq ft headquarters building for BDP Architects. The BDP building will be the first naturally ventilated commercial building in Manchester to receive a BREEAM rating of excellent, showing the clear dedication to environmental sustainability being practised. Detailed consent has also been granted for Phase 2 of the offices, the 87,583sq ft Eider House again designed by Ian Simpson Architects. In addition to the offices, there are 140 luxury apartments within the two stylish residential buildings, Vantage Quay and Jacksons Warehouse, which overlook the canal. Completing the mix of metropolitan living offered round the clock at Piccadilly Basin, is the highly acclaimed Moon Bar & Restaurant, The Cotton House and Kro restaurant and bar and the flagship ILVA furniture store. Office agents on the scheme are Lambert Smith Hampton and Cushman & Wakefield, with Knight Frank representing the new residential element.
Name: Richard Dunn
Email: richard.dunn@tcs-plc.co.uk
Tel: 0113 222 1234

Framework rises
11-7-2007
Framework rises at Manchester’s Greenest Scheme –Piccadilly Basin The BDP headquarters building at Piccadilly Basin is well underway with the concrete frame now out of the ground as part of the £250M Town Centre Securities landmark City Centre mixed use scheme. Work started on the striking 5 storey, 31,450sq ft office building, in July 2006 and upon its completion in November 2007, it will be the first naturally ventilated commercial office building in Manchester to have achieved the much coveted 2006 BREEAM Excellent rating for environmental sustainability. Designed by BDP to house their 275 strong Manchester team, the building comprises part of approximately 400,000sq ft of office accommodation contained in a variety of new and historic buildings at the 12.8 acre City Centre site. The sensitively restored, listed Carvers Warehouse offers over 22,000 sq ft of unique office space over 6 floors and the outstanding Eider House will offer new, efficient floorplates of over 20,000sq ft, with additional design and build development opportunities available within the waterside setting. Piccadilly Basin is fast transforming into a true urban oasis with the newly refurbished canals, picturesque marina, riverside walkways and landscaped areas creating a tranquil community for all occupiers. The flagship BDP building will feature stunning glazed elevations cantilevered over the Canal Basin, providing efficient and flexible design studio space that allows employees to take full advantage of the magnificent views creating an enviable working location. Key sustainable features include its proximity to city centre transport hubs, reuse of a brown field site and a location that facilitates natural ventilation. In addition the building will include recycled aggregates in its high thermal mass structure, utilise exposed concrete soffits / automatic night time cooling and also harvest rainwater for reuse. Kier North West has been appointed as contractor for the BDP building and Phil Hornsby, Contracts Manager for Kier North West, explains the work undertaken; “Due to its positioning on a very small site next to the canal, the BDP Building is a complex but exciting project. Since starting on site last year we have undertaken a great deal of structural work, with over 100 piles driven into the ground 22 mtrs, with each pile carrying up to 2000KN  to support the framework. We’re now at the stage where we’re pouring concrete into the first floor slab and things are really taking shape. The team has paid great attention to detail throughout the design and the concrete has an incredibly high standard of finish, the end result will be very impressive.”   Richard Lewis, Development Director for Town Centre Securities, continues; “We’re delighted with the progress being made on site by Kier North West and it’s great to see the frame now rising on the building. Sustainability has always been a driving force behind our development agenda, so we have been very fortunate in attracting likeminded BDP to Piccadilly Basin as they share our commitment to the green agenda.” Stephen Redfern, Business Director for BDP says; “It’s very exciting that construction work has now started on our new offices at Piccadilly Basin and to see the building really taking shape. Key to our decision to relocate to Piccadilly Basin was finding a developer in TCS that shared our own vision of a sustainable future. The challenges in developing a naturally ventilated BREEAM Excellent building are significant and TCS had both the location and forward thinking approach to achieve our sustainable goal. We are proud that our relocation will assist in the regeneration of the area and are looking forward to taking advantage of all that this superb scheme has to offer. The integrated design of our building reflects BDP’s commitment to sustainability and the new design studios will provide a flexible working environment that is responsive to change and will showcase BDP’s design vision.” Upon completion, Piccadilly Basin will offer a vibrant mix of offices, residential, retail & leisure uses, transforming the 12.8 acre site into one of the city’s most sought after locations. Leading Manchester agents, Lambert Smith Hampton and Cushman & Wakefield are the office agents on the scheme.
Name: Richard Dunn
Email: richard.dunn@tcs-plc.co.uk
Tel: 0113 222 1234

Two Applications Submitted
11-7-2007
TCS submits two applications for Piccadilly Basin
Leeds-based Town Centre Securities (TCS) has submitted two new planning applications for its £250m Piccadilly Basin development in central Manchester.The first is for a building comprising a 12,000 sq ft restaurant and 58 flats, while the second is for a scheme comprising 4,000 sq ft of offices, 40,300 sq ft of retail space and 159 flats.Richard Lewis, development director of Town Centre Securities, said: “The retail units and additional apartments will complement the existing offering and will further cement the scheme as a true mixed use development.“All elements of the scheme are progressing well and we have taken great care to extend our commitment to sustainability and the green agenda to this new phase.”Other elements of Piccadilly Basin include the Carvers Warehouse office scheme, a new 31,000 sq ft headquarters building for architect BDP, as well as residential, restaurant and retail units, including Danish furniture store ILVA.Detailed consent for the Ian Simpson-designed 87,000 sq ft Eider House office scheme has been granted. Cushman & Wakefield and Lambert Smith Hampton are joint office agents, while Knight Frank is marketing the new residential space.
Name: Richard Dunn
Email: richard.dunn@tcs-plc.co.uk
Tel: 0113 222 1234

New Letting
26-6-2006
Town Centre Securities has confirmed that consulting engineer Martin Stockley Associates has signed for space at its Piccadilly Basin scheme in Manchester.The occupier has taken a 15 year lease over 6,275 sq ft on the top two floors of the Carvers Warehouse office refurbishment which is due for completion later this year.Quoting rents at Carvers Warehouse are £20 per sq ft pax.The building, which is Grade II* Listed, is the oldest surviving warehouse in Manchester city centre and is being restored to provide around 22,300 sq ft of offices.Martin Stockley is overseeing the renovation.
Name: Richard Dunn
Email: r.dunn@tcs-plc.co.uk
Tel: 01132221234

Breakfast Launch
22-6-2007
A breakfast launch was held in The Marketing Suite at 75 Dale Street for Manchester agents on Wednesday 9th May 2007. This was a great success with some 50 plus agents predominantly specialising in office space in attendance. The site was introduced by Richard Dunn, Associate Director of Town Centre Securities. Richard Lewis the Development Director of TCS was also in attendance as were the main office agents for the development LSH and Cushman and Wakefield. Refreshments were served by Manchester bar and Deli ‘Love saves the day’. A large display stand showed the development in both real and planned phases and tours around the site were conducted in groups of varying sizes. The brochure promoting the mixed use scheme and how it sits within the infrastructure of the city was also launched at the breakfast also. For your own copy of a brochure please email richard.dunn@tcs-plc.co.uk
Name: Richard Dunn
Email: r.dunn@tcs-plc.co.uk
Tel: 0113 222 1234

Mixing it up at Piccadilly Basin
29-2-2008

Mixing it up at Piccadilly Basin

Mixed use development pioneers, Town Centre Securities, have received further acclaim as their £250M Piccadilly Basin scheme beat off stiff competition to win the prestigious ‘Mixed Use Development of the Year’ award at the 2008 North West Property Awards at the ACC, Liverpool.

Earlier this month, the development also received two of Manchester City Council’s Built in Quality Awards, the latter a special commendation for environmental sustainability. These latest awards follow on from the 2007 ‘Mixed Use Award for Excellence’ Piccadilly Basin received at the inaugural Property Executive Development Awards.

Development Director for Town Centre Securities, Richard Lewis, says; “To have the dedication and hard work of the team at Piccadilly Basin recognised through awards such as these is fantastic. We are incredibly proud of what we continue to achieve at this unique scheme both in terms of quality of offering and our commitment to the green agenda. 2008 is progressing into an exciting year with Carver’s Warehouse now complete, the BDP designed building rapidly following suit and work set to commence on the next phase of the scheme, the Retail Village. “

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Notes to editors

Piccadilly Basin is fast transforming into an urban oasis with the picturesque marina, riverside walkways and newly refurbished canals all creating a tranquil community.

 

The BDP designed building and the oldest surviving stone warehouse in Manchester, Carvers Warehouse, comprise part of approximately 400,000sq ft of office accommodation in a variety of new and historic buildings at the 12.8 acre site. 140 luxury apartments, the flagship ILVA store and several bar/restaurants complete the mix of uses.

 

The next phase of development throughout 2008 is the Retail Village, for which planning was granted at the end of 2007. Incorporating the listed Brownsfield Mill, the Retail Village will comprise 40,300sq ft of retail space with 159 apartments above, a 12,165sq ft waterside restaurant with 58 apartments above and an additional 4,166sq ft of offices.

Name: Richard Dunn
Email: richard.dunn@tcs-plc.co.uk
Tel: 0113 222 1234

four23 and Arca Architects sign up at Pi
9-6-2008

Two more tenants have been secured at the listed Carver’s Warehouse office building within Town Centre Securities’ £250M Piccadilly Basin development. Arca Architects has taken 2,000sq ft on a two year lease at £20 per sq ft, with creative agency four23 occupying a further 1,500sq ft on a five year lease at £18 per sq ft.

 

Carver’s Warehouse, which has undergone a sensitive conversion and restoration to incorporate 5 floors of environmentally sustainable office accommodation into the listed building, has proven a popular business location for the city’s creative and professional organisations. Arca and four23 who have relocated from Manchester’s Ducie Street and Hewitt Street respectively, join existing Carver’s tenants, Marketing Manchester and Martin Stockley Associates.

 

Co-founder and creative director of four23, Warren Bramley, says; “We were lucky enough to do a site visit of Carver’s with Martin Stockley when the development was in its formative stage and we fell in love with the place instantly, it’s part of the city’s heritage and we’re glad to be a part of it’s future.”

 

John Lee, Founding Director, Arca adds; "I have chosen Piccadilly as Arca's home for the last six years, and it is great to be in this prominent building at the historic heart of the area. It is full of character, already proving to be a talking point with our clients, and a great base for the company going forward."

 

Development Director for Town Centre Securities, Richard Lewis, says; “Arca and four23 further complement the tenant mix at Carver’s Warehouse. Our philosophy at Piccadilly Basin has always been to create a strong working environment with like minded tenants. To have architects, engineers, creative agencies and, in Marketing Manchester, the agency responsible for promoting Manchester to the wider audience, all based within Carver’s indicates that we have realised our vision for this project.”

 

Carver’s Warehouse comprises part of approximately 400,000sq ft of office accommodation in a variety of new and historic buildings at the 12.8 acre site. 140 luxury apartments, the flagship ILVA store and several bar/restaurants complete the mix of uses.

 

The next phase of development throughout 2008 is the Retail Village, for which planning was granted at the end of 2007. Incorporating the listed Brownsfield Mill, the Retail Village will comprise 40,300sq ft of retail space with 159 apartments above, a 12,165sq ft waterside restaurant with 58 apartments above and an additional 4,166sq ft of offices.

Name: Richard Dunn
Email: richard.dunn@tcs-plc.co.uk
Tel: 0113 222 1234

Launching a new chapter for Carver’s W
16-6-2008

As part of Manchester City Council’s ‘100 Days Celebration’, Council Leader Sir Richard Leese has paid tribute to the restoration of Manchester’s oldest surviving stone warehouse by officially launching the building which demonstrates the successful, sustainable re-use of part of Manchester’s heritage.

 

Residing within the Town Centre Securities’ £250M Piccadilly Basin regeneration development, Carver’s Warehouse has undergone a complete restoration to create 5 floors of sustainable working space. Continuing the developer’s commitment to the Piccadilly Partnership’s 2008 focus on improving the public realm in Piccadilly, the atrium in Carver’s Warehouse is also being utilised as public art space. First completed in 1806, Carver’s Warehouse forms part of the office offering at the 12.8 acre Piccadilly Basin site which, through the additional residential and retail offering at the scheme, is being transformed into one of Manchester’s most exciting mixed use developments, breathing new life into the Piccadilly area.

 

Sir Richard Leese says; “The 100 Days Celebration is an annual event run by Manchester City Council from the 14th February to the 24th May and the focus for 2008 is ‘100 days to a cleaner, greener City’. We were keen to include the Carver’s Warehouse project within our celebrations to commend the great sustainability lengths taken to restore one of Manchester’s most interesting buildings back to its former glory.”

 

Due to its complexity, the restoration process has generated such great interest that the developers, Town Centre Securities along with project engineers and Carver’s new tenants, Martin Stockley Associates, produced the book to document the project. Chairman of Town Centre Securities, Edward Ziff, presented the predominantly pictorial book, entitled ‘Carver’s Warehouse’ at the official opening of the building. Mr Ziff also unveiled the art exhibition space within Carver’s Warehouse which is currently exhibiting the work of photographer Len Grant who took the collection of photographs for the Carver’s Warehouse book.

 

Chairman of Town Centre Securities, Edward Ziff, continues; “The restoration of Carver’s Warehouse has been an incredibly intricate and interesting process and it is for this reason that we wanted to produce the book to share our development journey. There are no hard and fast rules for a restoration project of this magnitude and the challenges were in the requirement to achieve sustainability by only doing work that is necessary to allow the building to perform its function properly. The team worked with a light hand to keep the natural character and quirks of the building with the end result being a truly unique working environment for our tenants, Marketing Manchester and Martin Stockley Associates.

 

“It is entirely fitting that we launch the building as part of the Council’s 100 Days Celebration. Through our work on projects such as Carver’s Warehouse we are demonstrating our commitment to making Manchester a greener city and will continue this development agenda with future schemes.”

Name: Richard Dunn
Email: richard.dunn@tcs-plc.co.uk
Tel: 0113 222 1234

Historic Brownsfield Mill flies high
16-6-2008

The grandson of one of Britain’s first, and most significant, aircraft manufacturers has returned to the former site of his family’s dynasty to witness the restoration work being undertaken to breathe life back into one of the North’s most historically important, listed mill buildings where the future of aviation was created.

 

Established in 1910, A.V Roe and Co, went on to become one of the most important aircraft manufacturers in Britain. Beginning with the Triplane and Biplane, the pioneering company went on to build the Avro 504 the most prolific aircraft built during the First World War, culminating in a knighthood for Roe in 1929. The Manchester based company went on to build the Lancaster during the Second World War, and the Shackleton and Vulcan during the 1950s. Eric Verdon-Roe is the grandson of Sir Alliott Verdon-Roe, founder of the A.V Roe and Co. A respected businessman in his own right, Managing Director of Haymarket Media Group, Mr Verdon-Roe visited Brownsfield Mill at the Piccadilly Basin development in Manchester, to witness the initial £2.5M Phase 1 of restoration work.

 

The Grade Two listed mill, which stands at 8 storeys high and offers some 50,000sqft of accommodation, has been used for a variety of warehousing purposes since the Roe family were based there. Lying dormant for the last six years, it is now on the road to being recovered to its former glory. The developer behind the £250M Piccadilly Basin mixed use regeneration scheme, Town Centre Securities, has built a reputation and won several notable awards for their commitment to both sustainability and urban regeneration having already undertaken the complete restoration of the oldest surviving stone warehouse in Manchester, Carver’s Warehouse, which is also within the 12.8 acre scheme.

 

Town Centre Securities appointed a dedicated project team led by EC Harris together with consulting engineers, Martin Stockley Associates and historic buildings architect Stan Broster. NU Construction was appointed to undertake the restoration of the exterior of the mill. NU Construction began the schedule of works on site in January 2007 and has since made the building structurally sound and watertight by replacing the roof, re-pointing the exterior of the building, undertaking structural repairs to the beams and replacing all the windows. Working closely with MCC and English Heritage, great care and attention was taken to ensure that all materials were representative of the original design. Among its many features, Brownsfield Mill contains the oldest surviving mill chimney which is circular and reaches a staggering 75 metres tall.

 

Talking about the restoration underway at the mill, Mr Verdon-Roe said; “It is wonderful to see this great building restored to its former glory. It contained what can be described as the first city based aeroplane factory in the world and represents the birth of the Manchester aviation industry, many of the features of the original building have been sympathetically preserved and the space devoted to the fledgling aeroplane factory is exactly as it was in 1910.”

 

Peter Babb, Manchester City Council's head of planning, continued; "This is a major step forward in preserving an important historic building and a further boost to the regeneration of Piccadilly Basin. The transformation of the building has been impressive and we look forward to it being brought back into active use."

 

Development Director for Town Centre Securities, Richard Lewis, concluded; “Brownsfield Mill is the last listed building to be restored in Piccadilly Basin’s amazing heritage and it was important to us that the restoration of the exterior be sensitively undertaken to protect and preserve this incredible building. The Mill rests within the Retail Village of the scheme which will encompass retail, offices and apartments set around landscaped walkways. We will be applying for Listed Building Consent to continue work on Brownsfield Mill which we hope to utilise as office accommodation with retail units on the lower floors.”

Name: Richard Dunn
Email: richard.dunn@tcs-plc.co.uk
Tel: 0113 222 1234

MCC praise Piccadilly Basin with Built i
16-6-2008

Town Centre Securities’ £250M Piccadilly Basin scheme has received further acclaim after the BDP Architects, Engineers and Designers Northern Headquarters building within the development was awarded a Manchester City Council Built in Quality Award.

 

The BDP designed building, which holds a 2006 BREEAM Excellent rating and is home to the city centre’s first ‘living roof’, beat off stiff competition from some 2700 buildings to win one of the coveted awards which show recognition for outstanding buildings within the region. Judging criteria includes consistency of construction standards, energy conservation, compliance to building regulations and recognition for environmental awareness.

 

In recognition of the contribution that energy efficient buildings and the use of sustainable building materials make to minimising carbon emissions, the BDP designed building, along with an extension to St Brigid’s School, was also singled out for an additional environmental sustainability award.

 

Councillor Neil Swannick, Executive Member for Environment, who presented the awards, said; “It’s a real privilege to present these awards to the winners. The Built In Quality Awards have become synonymous with the very best of building in Manchester. The vital contribution of builders and contractors is often overlooked when accolades are given out. I hope this award will inspire all those working in the city’s construction industry to new heights.

 

“The Council is committed to making Manchester the Greenest City in the UK. The design of the built environment is a major contributor to this objective. Sustainable design and construction provides new buildings and refurbishments that promote environmental, social and economic gains now and for the future.”

 

Development Director for Town Centre Securities, Richard Lewis, continues; “We are firm supporters of the green agenda and are committed to developing builds of excellence. We have been fortunate in attracting like minded tenants BDP to Piccadilly Basin and it is superb to receive this level of recognition for the building. It has always been our vision to provide a sustainable mixed use environment at Piccadilly Basin that will stand the test of time and we are well on our way to realising our goal.”

 

Stephen Redfern from BDP concluded; “We are delighted with both how the building has progressed and the acclaim is has received. We have a bespoke working environment in an ideal location to house our 250-strong Northern team. I would like to thank everyone involved who has helped us to bring this complex project to life.”

Name: Richard Dunn
Email: richard.dunn@tcs-plc.co.uk
Tel: 0113 222 1234

Getting Technical at Carver’s Warehous
16-6-2008

‘Use our city’s heritage intelligently’ was the message delivered to the University of Manchester’s WiSET network by engineer Martin Stockley during his technical tour of Carver’s Warehouse at the Piccadilly Basin development.

 

WiSET (Women in Science, Engineering and Technology) is a network for all female students, research and academic staff in the faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Manchester. Now in its third year, WiSET was established to support and encourage more women into the science, engineering and technology professions.

 

The WiSET group visited Manchester’s oldest surviving warehouse, Carver’s Warehouse, which has undergone a sensitive conversion and restoration to incorporate 5 floors of environmentally sustainable office accommodation into the listed building. Consulting engineers, Martin Stockley Associates, undertook the engineering and construction management of the restoration and reuse and were so enamoured with the project that they relocated their Manchester office into the top two floors of the building. Chief Executive, Martin Stockley, led the tour to talk to the network about the importance of reusing existing buildings and the technical elements of creating a sustainable working environment within a listed building. 

 

Speaking of his involvement, Martin said; “I was keen to lead the tour for a number of reasons. The work being undertaken at Town Centre Securities’ Piccadilly Basin scheme plays an integral part of the city’s continuing regeneration. The scheme comprises a number of listed structures including Carver’s Warehouse, Brownsfield Mill, Jackson’s Warehouse and the listed canal structures and impressive new builds like the BDP designed building. I wanted to put the project into context and show how Piccadilly Basin has created a unique mixed use environment that is woven into the fabric of the city. The discussion covered the technical aspects of converting and restoring such listed structures and the wider site and city issues that require engineering intelligence to get the most appropriate solutions The engineering profession is crying out for creative minds that can see the value in preserving existing ‘stock’ like Carver’s Warehouse. Looking back to eras such as the 1960’s we had a poor understanding of the cultural and social values of our buildings and as a result, many were destroyed. We hope that tours such as this can help to get the engineering minds of the future to use our cities more intelligently.”

 

Alison McMurray, Senior Project Officer in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, continued; “Martin’s tour was really fascinating and inspiring.  Students enjoy tours and site visits in the ‘real world’ so we are always looking for exciting projects such as Carver’s Warehouse to demonstrate the successes of the engineering profession and ultimately encourage more young women to make this their career of choice.”

Name: Richard Dunn
Email: richard.dunn@tcs-plc.co.uk
Tel: 0113 222 1234

Manchester’s Greenest scheme receives
16-6-2008

Piccadilly Basin has further cemented its reputation as Manchester’s leading green scheme after being awarded one of the most prestigious awards at the North West Construction Awards held on the 15th May at the ACC Liverpool.

 

Developer Town Centre Securities was awarded the Quality of Life award for the BDP Architects, Engineers and Designers New Manchester Studios within the £250M Piccadilly Basin Manchester development. The Quality of Life Award represents sustainable construction and environmental awareness which is very high up on the agenda of most of the regional agencies, especially the Regional Development Agency, the NWDA. Through receipt of this award, Town Centre Securities was cited as being the leading developer in the North West for environmental sustainability.

 

This latest award continues a successful year for the development, which won ‘Best Mixed Use Scheme’ at the Property Week magazine awards and was awarded two of Manchester City Council’s Built in Quality awards for the clever pairing of high quality design and sustainability once again for the BDP building. The 5 storey building, which cantilevers over the canal, was the first naturally ventilated commercial building in Manchester to achieve a BREEAM rating of Excellent for environmental sustainability and is also home to the city centre’s first ‘living roof’. The building, which will be completed in the forthcoming weeks is a Kier North West project and comprises part of approximately 400,000sq ft of office space at Piccadilly Basin.

 

Professor Andrew Thomas, Chief Executive for the Centre for Construction Innovation said; "This project utilised sustainable building materials and was developed from a low energy design. The project has been classified with BREEAM Excellence. In this category the judges were looking for a winner who made a significant improvement to quality of life".

 

Development Director for Town Centre Securities, Richard Lewis, said; “We are firm supporters of the green agenda and are committed to developing buildings of excellence. We have set out to attract like minded tenants such as BDP to Piccadilly Basin and it is superb to receive this level of recognition for the building. It has always been our vision to provide a sustainable mixed use environment at Piccadilly Basin that will stand the test of time and we are well on our way to realising our goal.”

 

Stephen Redfern from BDP concluded; “We are delighted with both how the building has progressed and the acclaim is has received. We have a bespoke working environment in an ideal location to house our 250-strong Northern team. I would like to thank everyone involved who has helped us to realise this complex project.”

Name: Richard Dunn
Email: richard.dunn@tcs-plc.co.uk
Tel: 0113 222 1234

Global denim brand G-Star Raw moves to P
19-1-2009

Town Centre Securities’ £250M Piccadilly Basin scheme has secured another tenant to the listed Carver’s Warehouse office development, leaving only one floor remaining. Global denim brand, G-Star Raw will occupy the first floor of Carvers Warehouse, totalling 3,550sq ft.

 

G-Star Raw has established itself in 17 countries and currently occupies 28 offices and 90 showrooms around the globe.

 

Erik Tijsma, Manager of Real Estate for G-Star Raw worldwide, said of the move; “We have been looking to relocate our sales office and showroom into a location that best reflects our brand and feel that Carver’s Warehouse achieves this goal. As the oldest surviving stone warehouse in Manchester with listed status, Carver’s Warehouse perfectly matches our ‘raw’ brand elements. Piccadilly as an area has a strong industrial heritage and the building itself has been used for various retail and manufacturing purposes over the last 200 years. It is the ideal location to showcase our exciting new collections to the retail ‘heavyweights’ of Manchester.”

Name: Richard Dunn
Email: richard.dunn@tcs-plc.co.uk
Tel: 0113 222 1234

BCO tour Manchester’s ‘Greenest’ s
27-3-2009

Town Centre Securities hosted a technical tour for the British Council for Offices (BCO) at their award winning Piccadilly Basin regeneration development this week. Around 40 guests were taken on a tour of the two office elements of the award winning mixed-use scheme; the exemplar BDP Architects, Engineers and Designers Northern Headquarters building and the restored Carver’s Warehouse.

                        

Piccadilly Basin has received several notable awards for both office elements of the unique waterside development and has been widely acclaimed for the commitment to sustainability employed in the development of the BDP Studio and Carvers Warehouse. The architecturally impressive 5 storey BDP building, which cantilevers over the canal, was the first naturally ventilated commercial building in Manchester to achieve a BREEAM rating of Excellent for environmental sustainability and is also home to the city centre’s first ‘living roof’. It was designed by BDP for their Manchester team who moved in last year.

 

The restoration of Carver’s Warehouse, which is Manchester’s oldest surviving stone warehouse, was also completed last year. With sustainability at the forefront of the development agenda, the 200 year old, listed building has been sensitively transformed into a high quality 5 storey office building which retains virtually all of its original characteristics. Tenants include; Martin Stockley Associates, Marketing Manchester, creative agency four 23, coffee shop and deli An Outlet, the Piccadilly Partnership and global denim brand G-Star Raw with one floor of around 3,700sq ft now available for occupancy.

 

Property Director for Town Centre Securities, Richard Lewis, said; “With both of our latest office buildings at Piccadilly Basin now complete and fully operational, the BCO thought it was an opportune time to invite their members to come and have a tour. We feel that it is important to demonstrate how ‘green’ buildings function on a day to day basis in order for people to gain an understanding of how sustainable features can be incorporated into the working environments of both new builds such as the BDP Studio and also within the restoration of a historic building.” 

Name: Richard Dunn
Email: richard.dunn@tcs-plc.co.uk
Tel: 0113 222 1234

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